Michael Faraday's science addressed three key themes: research, communication, and application. These themes linked in various ways during his lifetime, although the relative amount of time he spent on them changed. The Introduction outlines the structure of this VSI as a history of Michael Faraday from the 18th century to the early 21st century rather than as a conventional biography. In the case of Faraday, it is essential to understand his fame and celebrity, both before and after his death, and it is important to look at the wider context of the time in which he lived. His methodology, obsessiveness, and persistence were crucial in allowing him to develop and articulate his understanding of the world.