Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity

Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity

David Bodanis


In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with outstanding ease, throughout the world’s most famed equation. Now, in Electric Universe, he illuminates the wondrous but invisible strength that permeates our universe—and introduces us to the virtuoso scientists who plumbed its secrets.

For centuries, electrical energy was once obvious as little greater than a curious estate of sure components that sparked whilst rubbed. Then, within the 1790s, Alessandro Volta started the clinical research that ignited an explosion of data and invention. The strength that after appeared inconsequential was once published to be chargeable for every little thing from the constitution of the atom to the functioning of our brains. In harnessing its energy, we've got created a global of wonders—complete with curler coasters and radar, machine networks and psychopharmaceuticals.

A magnificent storyteller, Bodanis weaves stories of romance, divine notion, and fraud via lucid money owed of medical breakthroughs. the nice discoverers come to lifestyles in all their brilliance and idiosyncrasy, together with the visionary Michael Faraday, who struggled opposed to the prejudices of the British type process, and Samuel Morse, a painter who, prior to inventing the telegraph, ran for mayor of recent York urban on a platform of persecuting Catholics. the following too is Alan Turing, whose dream of a wonderful considering machine—what we all know because the computer—was met with indifference, and who ended his existence in melancholy after British gurus pressured him to suffer experimental remedies to “cure” his homosexuality.

From the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the streets of Hamburg in the course of an international warfare II firestorm to the internal of the human physique, Electric Universe is a spell binding trip of discovery by means of a grasp technological know-how author.

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