Oil 20 – The Message ( of Faraday [1791-1867] )
2010 - ( 30 x 40 cm )
Son of an iron-smith man, a condition that might cause a poor start. From poor families, Michael Faraday had just a basic education, learning only how to write, and throughout his life time remained almost illiterate in the area of Mathematics. When his father died, in addition to his great sorrow, he knew that he had to find a job immediately, in order to support his mother and brothers.
But it was when he began working as a book-binder that his work turned out to be a rich environment for a curious and intelligent mind.
This was undoubtedly the best way to be abreast of the latest thoughts of the day. People and their ideas were noted and discussed in books. It was an opportunity to access knowledge, and best of all is that he could read the books even before they are published. Faraday quickly found himself plunged into an addictive reading, taking notes of the books that passed through his hands, giving him unprecedented access to all the emerging knowledge of the epoch.
As the books were extremely expensive, and in no way he could buy them, the only solution would be filling his pockets with notes. It was during this time that he felt determined to develop his intellect.
Initially fascinated by Chemistry, Faraday dreamed of become a respected Natural Philosopher, treated like a gentleman. But the scientific imagination quickly spread through the mind of Faraday. The influences of Galvani, about static electricity and Bioelectricity, were important for the reflections which he would later develop. Electricity has become his passion but it was a phenomenon even more puzzling that caught him, of which he could not divert his attention: Magnetism.
This son of an iron-smith man would leave the world electrified and magnetized with its first-class intellect, but before that, it would be necessary to win and fight against ignorance and arrogance of the so-called 'blue bloods' of the time. A confrontation difficult to face and even dramatic.
Semi-illiterate, Faraday taught himself to read, but not only, he read all the books of science that he could reach, rejoicing for free with his sacred pleasure.
Chance of fate, it was in a public informal lecture which occurred frequently, that the young Faraday was appointed to speak and comment a subject. He presented a lecture on electricity and got an attentive and enthusiastic reaction of the public. At this time, this aspiring scientist felt full of strength. Of the notes he took of these lectures he compiled a book. One day, someone curious about the content of that book entered the store and requested the library to order that particular book. Later, when delivered, the book included some extra sheets ... invitations to participate in the lectures of the Royal Institution! It was there that he met the most influential people in science, but even there his path was not easy, it would be necessary that someone as 'insignificant' could capture the attention. First he became an assistant of a renowned scientist, a route a little tense. Finally, in 1816 he made his first official and independent scientific publication.
With a skepticism that only believed in his own experience and a humility that does not value the arrogance, the father of the Theory of Electromagnetism became a respected man, recognized by all as a true gentleman and unprecedented.
“ I learned just enough for me to realize of my ignorance.”
“ The philosopher must be a man willing to listen to any suggestion,
but determined to judge for himself.”
“ We suffered overmuch for the little things that we lack,
and we rejoice too less for the much that we have. ”
“ Everything is precious to the one who was, for a long time, deprived of everything.”
“ I have not written to the crowd (...) my work is for those who think and that, over time, will be the exception.”
“ Only a few people will be interested in what you have to say,
but it does not really matter. Remember that,
one cannot measure the quality of a master by the size of their crowds.”
“ It does not matter if the beginning seems small.”
“ Become what you are.”
“ The methods are the true riches.”
“ Try again. Fail again. Err better.”
‘ The awakening of talent happens when
there is the pleasure for the task.’
C. P. FOURNIER
C. P. FOURNIER