Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force - electricity. This series tells of dazzling leaps of imagination and extraordinary experiments - a story of maverick geniuses who used electricity to light our cities, to communicate across the seas and through the air, to create modern industry and give us the industrial revolution.


Air Date: August 18, 2021 - 58:35
Electricity is not just something that creates heat and light - it connects the world through networks and broadcasting.
Air Date: August 11, 2021 - 58:36
Just under 200 years ago scientists discovered something profound; that electricity is connected to another of nature's most fundamental forces - magnetism.
Air Date: August 04, 2021 - 58:35
In this episode we tell the story of the very first 'natural philosophers' or scientists who started to unlock the mysteries of electricity.