[]
[]

Electric Universe

The Shocking True Story of Electricity

Bodanis, David

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Electric Universe
 Add a Comment  Add Tags
Print
In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with astonishing ease, through the world's most famous equation. Now, inElectric Universe, he illuminates the wondrous yet invisible force that permeates our universe--and introduces us to the virtuoso scientists who plumbed its secrets. For centuries, electricity was seen as little more than a curious property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed. Then, in the 1790s, Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that ignited an explosion of knowledge and invention. The force that once seemed inconsequential was revealed to be responsible for everything from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains. In harnessing its power, we have created a world of wonders--complete with roller coasters and radar, computer networks and psychopharmaceuticals. A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthroughs. The great discoverers come to life in all their brilliance and idiosyncrasy, including 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 City 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 Universeis a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1400045509
Branch Call Number: 537 B666e 2005
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,21 cm

Opinion

Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Apr 27, 2010
  • RenJen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of THE best I have read to satisfy my curiosity.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app09 Version eventuell-fix Last updated 2014/11/26 13:11