Electromagnetism

​To contemporary readers of Frankenstein, there appears to be a clear link between Walton’s fascination with magnetism and Frankenstein’s experiments with electricity.

​To contemporary readers of Frankenstein, there appears to be a clear link between Walton’s fascination with magnetism and Frankenstein’s experiments with electricity; Walton’s language of the universal regulations and consistencies resonating with Frankenstein’s talk of the vital principle. Yet, scientific evidence for that link postdates the publication of the novel. In 1820, two years after the initial publication of Frankenstein, the Danish scientist, Hans Christian Ørsted, proved the connection when he found that the point of his compass moved when placed in the vicinity of an electric current. His discovery is re-enacted in the video below.