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This is a short biography of Alessandro Volta, the 18th-century Italian scientist who proposed the theory that electrical current is generated by contact between different metals. His experimental work resulted in the construction of the "voltaic pile" battery, the first known source of sustainable electric current. The biography includes a link to a Java-based simulation of his voltaic pile device.
Mag Lab U is part of a large collection of web-based educational materials for K-20, developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.
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Volta, battery, biographies, historical biographics, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, science biographies, science history, voltaic pile
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by Caroline Hall
February 5, 2015
by Caroline Hall
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December 30, 2009
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy Unit Title: Electricity: A Historical Perspective
In the 18th-century, Italian scientist Alessandro Volta proposed the theory that electrical current is generated by contact between different metals. His experimental work resulted in the "voltaic pile" battery, the first known source of sustainable electric current. For a simulation of the voltaic pile device, see "Activities" above.
<a href="http://www.compadre.org/precollege/items/detail.cfm?ID=10044">Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009.</a>
S. Neaves, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/alessandro-volta).
S. Neaves, Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/alessandro-volta>.
Neaves, S. (2009, December 30). Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta. Retrieved July 3, 2015, from Florida State University: https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/alessandro-volta
Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/alessandro-volta (accessed 3 July 2015).
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