Reader, would you be deterred if I told you this post isn't for "smatterers, learned idiots, grammatists, sophists, wranglers and perverse little folk"? Personally, I'd worry I'd see my payback in the comments section -- not really an issue for 16th century writers. Still, it's quite a warning to include in any work, yet there it is in William Gilbert's influential book on electricity and magnetism: De Magnete, or in full, De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure, a title I'd agree could attract its fair share of wranglers.
For this post, I'm going way back. As much as we've covered the cutting-edge news and fundamentals of energy, we've yet to tap into the historical origins of our understanding.