The history of electricity begins with William Gilbert in 1600. He was a British physician who served Queen Elizabeth I of England and published his treatise entitled On Magnet or De Magneticisique Corposibus. The book was printed in Latin and explained the writer’s research on magnetism and electricity. Before this, what was known about electricity was that lodestones have magnetic properties and that rubbing amber and jet stone together attract some bits of unidentified materials that produce sticking. Gilbert was the one who made other inventors interested in electricity and magnetism. Other Europeans inventors soon made their research with Otto von Guericke, Charles Francois Du Fay, and Stephen Gray later expanding the knowledge about electricity.
In 1745, Pieter van Musschenbroek and Ewald Christian von Kleist invented the Leyden jar. This was a device that can store and release electrical charge. This original capacitor gave von Kleist a powerful shock that knocked him down when he touched it. Ben Franklin later discovered that electricity and lightning were the same and his invention of a lightning rod was recorded as the first practical application of electricity. Other important inventors continued the research on electricity and magnetism and today, it is unimaginable to have a world without electricity.
It should be noted that this invention was met with a lot of skepticism in the beginning. The current state of the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) research draws a lot of parallels with the beginnings of the research into electricity. And it was the efforts of a small group of inventors whose dedication lead to the advancement of electricity. These pioneers were described as eccentrics and ambitious. And each of them worked hard independently or together to bring us the comfort of using electricity in our modern world. In fact, modern civilization may not have existed if it were it not for their persistence and dedication. These scientific trailblazers have continued to improve the world that we live in. And Italian inventor Andrea Rossi, with his work on the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction technology, may join this list of ambitious innovators who have made a big difference in our world.
The technological progress that we have witnessed in the last few centuries has been incredible. Our world has been transformed from a primitive technological status into a technologically advanced state in a relatively short period of time. The question is are we at our technological peak or are we still going to experience greater advances in technology. With the scheduled commercialization of the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction powered Rossi E-Cat for domestic use we might still be seeing more of these breakthrough inventions. As it is, in the field of LENR, we are still at the threshold of a new technology that may alter our way of lives. The scientific and engineering community is just starting to be interested in the LENR research. And like the evolution of electricity, the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction research may yet develop into a technology that will give tremendous benefits to the world.