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Electric Universe - How Electricity Switched on the Modern World-logo

Electric Universe - How Electricity Switched on the Modern World

David Bodanis

David Bodanis, bestselling author of E=mc2, weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through an account of the invisible force that permeates our universe-electricity-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. In Electric Universe, 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 Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery.

David Bodanis, bestselling author of E=mc2, weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through an account of the invisible force that permeates our universe-electricity-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. In Electric Universe, 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 Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery.
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David Bodanis, bestselling author of E=mc2, weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through an account of the invisible force that permeates our universe-electricity-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. In Electric Universe, 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 Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Del Roy

Length:

6h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:19


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:10


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:12


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:49


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:24


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:02


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:09


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:12


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

01:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:28


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:25


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:28


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:30


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:29


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:43


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:55


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:44


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:10


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:46


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:21


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:44


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

01:37


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:09


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:20


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:08


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:45


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:22


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:19


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:45


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:28


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:58


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:09


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:34


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:11


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:40


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:31


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:19


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:07


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:30


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:13


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:44


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:34


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:40