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This also has alot of similarities with a Leyden Jar (early capacitor) which doesn't need a liquid medium , or a chemichal reaction to seperate charges .
Originally posted by Raphael_UO
The Bagdad Battery
That article should meet part of your needs.
[edit on 23-6-2004 by Raphael_UO]
Originally posted by The Vagabond... what do you think about the batteries that have been found?
If the claim that they were soldering and using electroplating is true, it reveals a missed aspect of ancient craftsmanship which could have been an important part of trade (and therefore the power of whichever civilization actually discovered these things).
Also, it raises the question of exactly how far ahead of the traditional timeline chemistry and metalurgy really were.
(Although, considering the mystical interpretation some cultures afforded to medicine and chemistry, and the illustration of how relatively little the Chinese did with gun powder, it has to be stressed that this probably isn't a huge revelation. Just a minor marvel and a credit to ancient civilizations.) On the other hand... my earliest posts have already made it pretty clear that I'm open to more wild explanations. I'm jsut being cautious about the theories I get behind now, so that if I'm ever right I will be heard. Like Daly used to say... Back no losers, make no waves. That philosophy kept him in power for decades.
but am willing to admit that a genius of Leonardo da Vinci's caliber or Archimedes' caliber was doing research and development at that time.