Studying and Supporting Early Stage Science

Leverage Research is a non-profit research institute dedicated to aiding scientific advance. 


Founded in 2011, the organization conducted independent explorations into important but poorly understood topics in the social sciences. Today, Leverage Research studies the history of science and how historical discoveries were made, and supports novel research in young or under-resourced fields.


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An analysis of William Gilbert’s discovery of static electric attraction and identification of the category of electricks. This case study aims to understand how knowledge of static electric attraction developed prior to Gilbert and the causes and factors that enabled him to make his discovery.

Case Study: Gilbert's Electricks

Case Study: Volta's Electrophorus

An investigation of the distribution and impact of Alessandro Volta's electrophorus. This case study analyses why Volta’s electrophorus advanced consensus in the field when similar phenomena had already been demonstrated by previous prominent scientists.

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