Punch,  57 (1869), 12.

The Faraday Memorial





Scientific Practitioners, Physics, Natural Philosophy, Discovery, Invention, Instruments, Telegraphy, Electricity, Electromagnetism, Electrochemistry, Magnetism, Force, Chemistry, Light, Navigation, Theory, Nationalism, Cultural Geography

    Upholds the need for Faraday to have a statue; he is a 'Philosopher' who ought to have one 'if anyone ought'. Justifies this argument by claiming that 'Nobody, for a long time, has adorned life with more discoveries ministering to its uses' than Faraday, including such discoveries as 'The manufactures of steel and glass, electro-telegraphy, and the magneto-electric illumination of lighthouses'. Suggests that just as the names of the battles of military heroes are inscribed on their monuments, so Faraday's should be emblazoned with 'Researches, Theory of Induction, Course of Electric Currents, Magneto-Electricity, Diamagnetism, Liquefaction and Solidification of Gases, Conservation of Force, Chemistry of a Candle'. Stresses the importance of the last, likening Faraday himself to a bright candle who illuminated electricity and 'turned magnetism into electricity, and electricity into light'. Notes that France has named a Parisian street after him and notes that Prince Edward is leading the movement to build a Faraday statue.

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