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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 simulation of his voltaic pile device.
The Magnet Academy is a large collection of web-based educational materials for K-20, developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
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May 26, 2010
by Caroline Hall
August 14, 2016
by Lyle Barbato
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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. Magnet Academy: 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, Magnet Academy: 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). Magnet Academy: Alessandro Volta. Retrieved October 1, 2016, from Florida State University: https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/history-of-electricity-magnetism/pioneers/alessandro-volta
Neaves, Shannon. Magnet Academy: 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 1 October 2016).
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