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Science and Philosophy Spot. The invention of electricity

Science and Philosophy Spot. I heard on a programme on Radio 4 someone mention the "invention" of electricity. Immediately in my mind I saw the image of lightning illuminating a landscape, and it led me to this thought: Electricity was not invented. I might go further and say it wasn't really even discovered, as such (ref my lightning example above).

I'd say the invention was the *harnessing* of electricity. And perhaps the discovery was the figuring out how that bad boy works. Differences. Big. Huge. Beacon