Electric Universe How Electricity Switched on the Modern World

ISBN-10: 0307335984
ISBN-13: 9780307335982
Edition: 2006
Authors: David Bodanis
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Description: In "Electric Universe," David Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through a lucid account of the invisible force that permeates our universe. In these pages the virtuoso scientists who plumbed the secrets of electricity  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

In "Electric Universe," David Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through a lucid account of the invisible force that permeates our universe. In these pages the virtuoso scientists who plumbed the secrets of electricity come vividly to life, including familiar giants like Thomas Edison; the visionary Michael Faraday, who struggled against the prejudices of the British class system; and Samuel Morse, a painter who, before inventing the telegraph, ran for mayor of New York on a platform of persecuting Catholics. Here too is Alan Turing, whose dream of a marvelous thinking machine--what we know as the computer--was met with indifference, and who ended his life in despair after British authorities forced him to undergo experimental treatments to "cure" his homosexuality. From the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the streets of Hamburg during a World War II firestorm to the interior of the human body, "Electric Universe" is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer.

David Bodanis has had several careers. As an academic he lectured at the University of Oxford for many years, where he designed and taught the university's main survey of social studies, entitled 'An Intellectual Tool-Kit'. As an author he's written several best-sellers, on topics ranging from history to popular science; as a business consultant, he's worked with a number of leading firms in Europe and America. Born in Chicago, he has lived in France and England most of his adult life. A single parent, he has two children, and lives in London.

Introduction
Wires
The Frontiersman and the Dandy: Albany, 1830, and Washington, D.C., 1836
Aleck and Mabel: Boston, 1875
Thomas and J.J.: New York, 1878
Waves
Faraday's God: London, 1831
Atlantic Storms: HMS Agamemnon, 1858, and Scotland, 1861
Wave Machines
A Solitary Man: Karlsruhe, Germany, 1887
Power in the Air: Suffolk Coast, 1939, and Bruneval, France, 1942
Power Unleashed: Hamburg, 1943
A Computer Built of Rock
Turing: Cambridge, 1936, and Bletchley Park, 1942
Turing's Legacy: New Jersey, 1947
The Brain and Beyond
Wet Electricity: Plymouth, England, 1947
Electric Moods: Indianapolis, 1972, and Today
What Happened Next
Mr. Amp, Mr. Volt, and Mr. Watt
Notes
Guide to Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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