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published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
written by Shannon Neaves
edited by Kristen Coyne
This is a short biography of Alessandro Volta, the 18th-century Italian scientist who proposed the theory that electrical current is generated by contact between different metals. His experimental work resulted in the construction of the "voltaic pile" battery, the first known source of sustainable electric current.  The biography includes a link to a Java-based simulation of his voltaic pile device.

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Volta, battery, biographies, historical biographics, historical instruments, history of electricity, history of science, science biographies, science history, voltaic pile
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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Electricity: A Historical Perspective

In the 18th-century, Italian scientist Alessandro Volta proposed the theory that electrical current is generated by contact between different metals. His experimental work resulted in the "voltaic pile" battery, the first known source of sustainable electric current. For a simulation of the voltaic pile device, see "Activities" above.

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S. Neaves, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), WWW Document, (http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/volta.html).
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S. Neaves, Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta, , edited by K. Coyne (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2007), <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/volta.html>.
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Neaves, S. (2009, December 30). Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta. Retrieved December 20, 2014, from Florida State University: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/volta.html
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Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta. Edited by Kristen Coyne. Tallahassee: Florida State University, December 30, 2009. http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/volta.html (accessed 20 December 2014).
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Neaves, Shannon. Mag Lab U: Alessandro Volta. Ed. Coyne, Kristen. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 2007. 30 Dec. 2009. National Science Foundation. 20 Dec. 2014 <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/volta.html>.
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Accompanies Mag Lab U: Interactive Tutorials - Voltaic Pile

A link to an interactive simulation that illustrates the historic "voltaic pile" device, invented in 1800 by Alessandro Volta and commonly considered the world's first battery.

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