FLEET FIRE ~ Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolution
Book review and technical detail FLEET FIRE ~ Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolution L.J. Davis
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|Title||FLEET FIRE ~ Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolution|
|Category||Science & Technology|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Q: Why did Ben Franklin fly a kite? A: Because he was ticked off at the accurate establishment.So writes acclimatized offbeat-tales-from-history biographer Davis (The Billionaire Shell Game, 1998, etc.) in this anecdotally rich, conspicuously absorbing annual of how beaming bulbs, bang boxes, and added fruits of electricity came into being. Davis brings a ablaze blow to the adventure after dumbing it down. He notes, for instance, that Franklin was absolutely added than a little affronted that the abstruse societies of London had bootless for years to acknowledge to his abundant theories on electricity (lightning and electricity, he observed, were acceptable one and the aforementioned thing, for the appreciable qualities of anniversary were akin in such affairs as “rending bodies it passes through” and “destroying animals”), so abundant so that he bent to do article absolutely memorable to authenticate that he knew whereof he spoke. Franklin was one of abounding experimenters and accustomed philosophers at assignment divining the mysteries of electricity during the appropriately alleged Enlightenment, and Davis pays admiration to them and their successors, from Humphry Davy, “the ancestor of the new nineteenth century’s emblematic figure, the abandoned inventor,” to Thomas Alva Edison, who, in Davis’s account, emerges as article aloof this ancillary of loony. “In accession to the Old Man,” he writes, Edison’s underlings “also alleged him the Beast,” and for acceptable reason: he was absorbed to chewing tobacco and pie, reckoning that Americans were above to the English and the blow of the apple for their adherence to the latter; he was apprehensive of Jews and addicted of “coon jokes”; he absent huge fortunes creating awe-inspiring contraptions; and he believed that automobiles and home radios were casual fancies. Still, Davis notes, Edison was a adept of vertical integration, and his development of not aloof genitalia of the filigree but the absolute arrangement fabricated the “Electric Revolution” a allotment of accustomed life.A amusement for acceptance of abstruse history—and for readers with a affection for camp personality types.
The electric revolution, which eclipsed the Industrial Revolution by the end of the 19th century and continues to this day, changed our world forever. FLEET FIRE tells us how it all began. In an engaging and entertaining narrative, L. J. Davis fields a cast of both prominent and forgotten characters, from dedicated scientists and mischievous rogues to enlightened amateurs who lit the sparks of discovery. Franklinis kite, Davenportis electromagnet, Morseis telegraph, Cyrus Fieldis transatlantic cable, and Edisonis phonograph are but a few of the achievements Davis discusses. Explaining the science in lucid prose, FLEET FIRE conveys the arc of discovery during one of the most creative epochs in the history of mankind.
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