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Nikola Tesla’s Electrical Demonstration

Duration: 01:56

Professor Jim Al-Khalili demonstrates one of Nikola Tesla's most famous inventions, the Tesla Coil, using it to safely pass 3/4 of a million volts of electricity across his body. This awesome display of electrical power and wonder helped to convince a sceptical 19th Century public that electricity could be safe.

Available since: Tue 4 Oct 2011

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Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity The Age of Invention

2/3 How harnessing the link between magnetism and electricity transformed the world.

First broadcast: 13 Oct 2011

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