Benjamin Franklin considered electrons to be positive, but J.J. Thompson considered them negative. We obviously went with J.J. Thompson's convention.

Why? What were the benefits of moving to J.J. Thompson's convention when Benjamin Franklin had already established a convention?

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't think Benjamin Franklin knew about electrons $\endgroup$ – endolith Oct 26 '17 at 13:48

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