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Electric Universe - How Electricity Switched on the Modern World

David Bodanis

In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with astonishing ease, through the world's most famous equation. Now, in Electric 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 Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer. From the Hardcover edition.

In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with astonishing ease, through the world's most famous equation. Now, in Electric 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 Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer. From the Hardcover edition.
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In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with astonishing ease, through the world's most famous equation. Now, in Electric 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 Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Levy

Length:

4h 31m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:06


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:36


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:44