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Michael Faraday Watches a Candle

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on Tuesday, 27 December 2011
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Teachable Moment: A beautiful reminder from Michael Faraday of the power of observation:  Observe....everything. Think about...everything. And don't interfere. Then do it again until you are sure you have it.

We take for granted that we understand the simple, and have moved on to the less simple. Michael Faraday gave an annual lecture on the burning candle, which is reproduced here. A beautiful read - and even better when spoken and delivered emphatically.

References: http://www.bartleby.com/30/7.html
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1860Faraday-candle.asp#Lecture%20I

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