Electric Universe

How Electricity Switched on the Modern World

By David Bodanis
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307335982, 308pp.)

Publication Date: February 28, 2006

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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 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.



About the Author
David Bodanis is the author of "Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity," and the bestselling "The Secret House," A native of Chicago, he lives in London.
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