Talk:Michael Faraday

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Student, trying to help[edit]

Hi, my name is Brad Wyant and I'm a student at Santa Clara University. I have been assigned to make a contribution to this page in some way. I've read Alan Hirshfeld's biography on Faraday, and see some potential to add something about Faraday's personal life later into his career. I'll be doing some more work and putting more concrete ideas here later, but just wanted to give you all a heads up. Thanks.Bradfordwilliamwyant (talk) 00:04, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

The article has been in a very mature state for a long time, so you should check with your professor whether the edits you propose are likely to be useful and acceptable to other editors. You may find it more profitable to try out your editing skills on a more undeveloped topic, such as one on motor vehicles which you have previously edited. Alternatively, you could find some member of the National Academy of Sciences or the Royal Society who does not yet have an article about them and create one. Xxanthippe (talk) 00:37, 26 February 2013 (UTC).
These are the edits I'd like to make to the page; I've begun to go over them with my teacher, and I've confirmed the source the bibliographer (Alan Hirshfeld) used. Both quotes are from Faraday himself, if that's unclear.
(To be inserted under Royal Institution and Public Service, before the list of Faraday’s lectures. This edit is meant to simultaneously give the reader a better idea of the nature of Faraday’s lectures and describe Faraday’s passion for science)
The objective of Faraday’s Christmas lectures was to present science to the general public in the hopes of inspiring them and generating revenue for the Royal Institution. They were notable events on the social calendar among London’s gentry. Over the course of several letters to his close friend Benjamin Abbott, Faraday outlined his recommendations on the art of lecturing: Faraday wrote “a flame should be lighted at the commencement and kept alive with unremitting splendour to the end”[1]. His lectures were joyful and juvenile, he delighted in filling soap bubbles with various gasses (in order to determine whether or not they are magnetic) in front of his audiences and marveled at the rich colors of polarized lights, but the lectures were also deeply philosophical. In his lectures he urged his audiences to consider the mechanics of his experiments: “you know very well that ice floats upon water . . . Why does the ice float? Think of that, and philosophise”[2].
(To be inserted at the end of the fourth paragraph of Electricity and Magnetism)
Faraday would later use the modern principles he had discovered to construct the electric dynamo, the ancestor of modern power generators and the electric motor. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.210.115.10 (talk) 23:54, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
I don't think your edits will do any harm but you need to provide an in-line source for your added material and make it clear that the quotes are from Faraday himself. Xxanthippe (talk) 01:32, 7 March 2013 (UTC).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hirshfeld, Alan. The Electric Life of Michael Faraday. New York: Walker & Company, 2006. Print.
  2. ^ Seeger, Raymond J. "Michael Faraday and the Art of Lecturing." Physics Today (1968): 30-38. Print.

Notes on Davy's Lectures[edit]

A link to Faraday's notes on Humphrey Davy's lectures would be most interesting and informative, indeed, a fine thing to include in this article. Is there a pdf. of Faraday's notes on the internet that could be linked to?

Commerations[edit]

Small edit, but there is also a building at Lancaster University named after him, as well as the other learning institutions. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.234.147.62 (talk) 04:06, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Should like to point out that there is also a statue to Michael Faraday at The University of Birmingham link here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Learning_Center.jpg

Could you please get this fabulous Brummy landmark a mention? Ta! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mrdiki (talkcontribs) 15:50, 23 February 2013 (UTC) farady a biker — Preceding unsigned comment added by 120.57.194.147 (talk) 15:13, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Possible change of images[edit]

There's a lovely portrait of Faraday at File:M Faraday Th Phillips oil 1842.jpg I'd be inclined to put it in the infobox and move the 1861 image to replace the "Faraday in old age" image lower down. Would that be acceptable? Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 16:56, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Creationist[edit]

One notable thing about Michael Faraday that is missing from the article is the fact that he was a Creationist. --41.151.87.186 (talk) 14:13, 10 April 2014 (UTC)


The fact is implied by the sentence stating that he was a devout Christian. Also I don't see what's notable about his being a creationist. It's not as if being a creationist automatically turns you into some kind of mental cripple. YellowLeftHand (talk) 16:16, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

YellowLeftHand, I beg to differ. I agree that it's not notable, but you said it's "implied by the sentence stating he was a devout Christian." I'm a devout Christian, but I'm most definitely NOT a creationist. These sort of assumptions are the reason people argue over this so much. Sleddog116 (talk) 19:25, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Typos maybe?[edit]

I quote from http://www.theiet.org/resources/library/archives/biographies/faraday.cfm "...In 1832 he proved that the electricity induced from a magnet, voltaic electricity produced by a battery, and static electricity were all the same..." So 1939 written earlier at "...In 1839, he completed a series of experiments aimed at investigating the fundamental nature of electricity ... of electricity were illusory..." is amended to 1932 in absence of alternative sources. Bkpsusmitaa (talk) 13:00, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Faraday and patents[edit]

On the other hand,

  • John Walker (inventor) article says: Already comfortably well off, he refused to patent his invention, despite being encouraged to by Michael Faraday and others, making it freely available for anyone to make.

Which is a bit conflicting with the first two statements. If anyone has reliable information, I think it's worth to add into the article if he did patent his inventions or not. —  Ark25  (talk) 23:31, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Is the nationality of Faraday 'British' or 'English'?[edit]

James Clerk Maxwell is shown a having Scottish nationality. Should Faraday be English? Martin Hogbin (talk) 13:50, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Point. The article says English. I'm changing the infobox. St.nerol (talk) 15:00, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Actually I do not think that this is correct. The nationality of both should be 'British'. There simply is no nationality, English or Scottish. Martin Hogbin (talk) 15:13, 2 December 2014 (UTC)