In his career, he was a writer, printer, diplomat, scientist and inventor. Benjamin Franklin has been credited for saying several things of which there is no historical record for him actually saying. Join Our Email List. Why both? The hemp, wetted by the rain, would conduct an electrical charge quickly. The last piece of the puzzle was the metal key. Then they waited. Franklin moved his finger near the key, and as the negative charges in the metal piece were attracted to the positive charges in his hand, he felt a spark.
In it he gave instructions for re-creating the experiment, finishing with:. As soon as any of the Thunder Clouds come over the Kite, the pointed Wire will draw the Electric Fire from them, and the Kite, with all the Twine, will be electrified, and the loose Filaments of the Twine will stand out every Way, and be attracted by an approaching Finger. And when the Rain has wet the Kite and Twine, so that it can conduct the Electric Fire freely, you will find it stream out plentifully from the Key on the Approach of your Knuckle.
After his successful demonstration, Franklin continued his work with electricity, going on to perfect his lightning rod invention. According to Dr Tucker, even if it had got off the ground, there was no way it could have reached the heights needed to draw electricity from thunderclouds.
He then tried the experiment using a "highly efficient modern kite", but that did not work, either. Dr Tucker sets out his evidence in Bolt of Fate, the first detailed analysis of Franklin's kite-flying claims, to be published on June While the book debunks the experiment, Dr Tucker stressed that Franklin's theory was entirely correct.
Terms and Conditions. Style Book. Weather Forecast. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. They attached a foot long sharp and pointed wire to the top of the kite as a conductor and at the bottom end of the string where it is held they attached a silk ribbon and a metal key.
A metal wire connected the key to the Leyden Jar. Franklin kept dry by retreating into a barn; the end of the string was also kept dry to insulate himself. When the stormed passed over his kite the conductor drew electricity into his kite. The kite was not struck by lightning but the conductor drew negative charges from a charged cloud to the kite, string, metal key and Leyden jar.
It appears that he knew enough about grounding to protect himself from being electroshocked. When he moved his hand near the key he received a shock because the negative charge attracted the positive charge in his body. Make a small Cross of two light Strips of Cedar, the Arms so long as to reach to the four Corners of a large thin Silk Handkerchief when extended; tie the Corners of the Handkerchief to the Extremities of the Cross, so you have the Body of a Kite; which being properly accommodated with a Tail, Loop and String, will rise in the Air, like those made of Paper; but this being of Silk is fitter to bear the Wet and Wind of a Thunder Gust without tearing.
Franklin's letters clearly indicated he knew the dangers of Album) and the need for a grounding mechanism -- something that would have been absent from his kite experiment. The song 'Ben Franklin's Kite' is off the album Ready As soon as any of the Thunder Clouds come over the Kite, the pointed Wire will draw the Electric Fire from them, and the Kite, with all the Twine, will be electrified, and the loose Filaments of the Twine will stand out every Way, and be attracted by an approaching Finger. Science News. When lightning struck, electricity traveled to the key and the charge was collected in a Leyden jar. He is also said to have collected some of the electricity in a specially lined jar and carried out experiments on it. Despite a common misconception, Benjamin Franklin did not discover electricity during this experiment—or at all, for that matter. All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. Also, he never said that he was Ben Franklins Kite - Something Corporate - Ready.Break (CD one who did the experiment.
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