Leyden jar

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an electrostatic capacitor of historical interest

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In physics terminology the Leyden jar is a capacitor, storing large quantities of static electricity.
In the model, once the Leyden jar begins to do its worst, three women in the dining room are blown down by sparks.
The physics of electricity evolved in tandem with improvements to the original jar accumulator, which was soon called the Leyden jar after the city where it was invented.
Static electricity batteries such as the Leyden jar had provided only sudden electric pulses during discharge.
An Italian anatomist, Luigi Galvani (1737-1798), noticed in 1780 that the muscles of dissected frog legs twitched wildly when a spark from a Leyden jar struck them.
Lightning struck the kite and passed down the string to a metal key connected by metal wire to a Leyden jar, a device for storing static e
In 1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a thunderstorm in a successful attempt to prove that natural electricity and the electricity generated in a Leyden jar were one and the same.
Because Musschenbroek popularized the device and because he worked at the University of Leyden in the Netherlands, the electricity-storing device came to be called a Leyden jar.
The Leyden jar (see 1745) had become a favorite plaything of many scientists.