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Shock And Awe: The Story Of Electricity

In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force - electricity.

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Story of Electricity main Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Journeying after electricity In this series, scientist Jim Al-Khalili charts the fascinating history of mankind's attempt to understand and harness the power of electricity in this three-part series.

To find out more about upcoming episodes, check out our episode guide below. Then test your knowledge of electricity with our Spark it Up game. You can also visit the BBC pages or watch it on BBC iPlayer.

If you'd like to learn more about harnessing electricity in engineering and technology, see what courses The Open University has to offer. Or try a taster with this free LearningSpace unit.

Here's a taste of the series:

Episode guide

Revelations And Revolutions

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Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Spark Episode one tells the story of the very first 'natural philosophers' who started to unlock the mysteries of... Read more
The Age Of Invention In the second episode, Jim discovers how harnessing the link between magnetism and electricity would completely... Read more
Revelations And Revolutions After centuries of man's experiments with electricity, the final episode tells the story of how a new age of real... Read more


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