# Definition:Electrostatics

## Definition

Electrostatics is the branch of physics concerned with the study of stationary electrically charged bodies, and the forces and fields they give rise to.

## Historical Note

The phenomenon of static electricity was known about as early as $2500$ years ago, when Thales of Miletus remarked on the fact that a piece of amber, when rubbed, can attract small particles of matter.

From this demonstration has evolved the entire field of electrostatics.

## Also see

• Results about electrostatics can be found here.