Henry Cavendish Impact On Modern Science

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Distinguished for his accuracy and precision, English scientist Henry Cavendish is one of the most influential experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist of the eighteenth century and has had a lasting impact on science today. Although born in Nice, France, Cavendish lived, and later died, in Great Britain, where he attended Cambridge, but left without a degree. Instead, he opted to conduct research in his father’s Lord Charles Cavendish laboratory, where he made most of his notable discoveries, although much of it went unpublished due to his shy personality, which has led many historians to believe that he had Aspergers (Kaufmann, 2008). However, his achievements in several areas of research, including chemistry, optics, electricity, physics, and mathematics, was later published posthumously by James Maxwell. Of these, the three that have a lasting impact on modern science is his discovery and detailed…show more content…
Ohm’s law is considered to be the basic electrical engineering law that all other electrical engineering laws use in their applications. Its practical applications extend from small circuits to cell phone batteries to rockets. In addition to Ohm’s law, Coulomb 's law is also widely used in both physics and chemistry. In physics, it is considered to be one of the basic laws, while in chemistry it can be used to calculate the force between the protons and electrons of atoms. Another application of this law is the study of crystal structures, as the ions of the crystals arrange themselves so that the electrical forces are balanced. By using Coulomb’s law to study these forces, researchers are able to better understand crystal structures (Coulomb, 2018). Although these laws are not named after Cavendish, due to the fact his findings were not published until after his death, he is credited with discovering the information contained in these
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