Jean-Antoine Nollet shocks a line of monks

During the 18th Century, wealthy Parisians became infatuated with experimental science. Among them was the abbe Jean-Antoine Nollet, a physicist. In 1746 Nollet used iron wire to connect a line of 700 Carthusian monks. When Nollet discharged his Leyden Jar (a device for storing static electricity), the shocked monks reportedly simultaneously leapt into the air.

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