Halliday, Resnick and Walker FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS 6/e
Chapter Twenty-Two: Electric Charge

A History of the Electron

American Institute of Physics (AIP).


An overview of the life and discovery of the electron by J.J. Thompson. One of a number of pages celetrating the 100th anniversary of this discovery in 1897.

Basic E&M with Animation

Internet Plasma Physics Education eXperience (IPPEX), Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).


An overview of basic electricity and magnetism with good animations which require the ShockWave plug-in (directions are at the site). .

Life, the Universe and the Electron

Another exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the electron by J. J. Thomson in 1897 by The Science Museum, London and the Institute of Physics.


The site contains information about the electron. There is a description of the current models of an electron, a timeline of the important discoveries about the electron and the atoms, uses of the electron, etc. Contains lots of interesting links to other sites including CERN.

Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man

Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, PA.


This site presents the life and work of the early electrical pioneer and American political activist, Benjamin Franklin.

Comments, corrections and suggestions to Dan MacIsaac

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