In 1746, Jean-Antoine Nollet conducted an experiment in which he gathered about two hundred monks…

In 1746, Jean-Antoine Nollet conducted an experiment in which he gathered about two hundred monks into a circle about a mile (1.6 km) in circumference, with pieces of iron wire connecting them. He then discharged a battery of Leyden jars through the human chain and observed that each man reacted at substantially the same time to the electric shock, showing that the speed of electricity’s propagation was very high.



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