Alessandro Volta Quotes

Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (Italian pronunciation: [ales?sandro ?v?lta]; 18 February 1745 – 5 March 1827) was an Italian physicist, chemist, and a pioneer of electricity and power, who is credited as the inventor of the electrical battery and the discoverer of methane. He invented the Voltaic pile in 1799, and reported the results of his experiments in 1800 in a two-part letter to the President of the Royal Society. With this invention Volta proved that electricity could be generated chemically and debunked the prevalent theory that electricity was generated solely by living beings. Volta's invention sparked a great amount of scientific excitement and led others to conduct similar experiments which eventually led to the development of the field of electrochemistry

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Alessandro Volta


I continue coupling a plate of silver with one of zinc, and always in the same order... and place between each of these couples a moistened disk. I continue to form a column. If the column contains about twenty of these couples of metal, it will be capable of giving to the fingers several small shocks.

Alessandro Volta


You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong.

Alessandro Volta


Each metal has a certain power, which is different from metal to metal, of setting the electric fluid in motion...

Alessandro Volta


What is it possible to do well, in physics particularly, if things are not reduced to degrees and measures?

Alessandro Volta