Mr. Electric - shark week en Shark Week is SPARK Week at Mr. Electric <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Shark Week is SPARK Week at Mr. Electric</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with title &quot;Shark Week is Spark Week at Mr. Electric&quot;" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="" width="1529" height="748" alt="Graphic with title &quot;Shark Week is Spark Week at Mr. Electric&quot;" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:00am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>As the rest of the world is observing Discovery Channel?’s legendary Shark Week 2014, we at Mr. Electric? took it upon ourselves to set aside this time to celebrate what we have endearingly termed <em>Spark Week</em>. While the fascinating facts and featured film clips of the mystifying creatures are fun and interesting to watch, we believe the electric spark is just as deserving of our appreciation for a week as sharks are – especially taking into consideration that electricity wouldn’t exist without it.</p> <h3>The History of the Spark</h3> <p>As far back as 600 BC, a Greek philosopher by the name of <a href=";M_Hist.html">Thales of Miletus</a> discovered that when amber is rubbed with a cloth, it can be electrified and attract other objects and produce sparks. German mathematician and philosopher <a href="">Gottfried Leibniz</a> made the association of sparks with electrical phenomena in 1671. There were some more experiments performed in 1708 by <a href="">Samuel Wall</a> with amber rubbed with cloth to produce sparks. And finally, the story we are all familiar with, in 1972 <a href="">Thomas-Francois Dalibard</a> and <a href="">Benjamin Franklin</a> each independently demonstrated that lighting and electricity were the same thing. Ben even extracted sparks from a cloud during a thunderstorm with his famous kite experiment.</p> <h3>What the Spark Means for Electricity</h3> <p>The discovery of the electric spark encouraged electrical research. Once scientists began to understand how electric sparks occurred in nature, the question became how that power could be harnessed and controlled. This was the beginning of electricity.</p> <h3>What the Spark Means for You</h3> <p>Spark plugs begin the combustion in your car’s engine, allowing you to start your car every morning. The discovery of the electric spark led to the development of spark-gap transmitters. While these transmitters are no longer used in radio communication today, they played a large part in the beginning of wireless communication. Without sparks, you would have a much harder time driving, listening to music, and even seeing in the dark. The discovery of sparks is one of the most important scientific advances in history, so don’t forget to celebrate <em>Spark Week!</em></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/shark-week-is-spark-week-at-mr-electric" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Super User 4258 at