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The battery : how portable power sparked a technological revolution

Author: Henry R Schlesinger
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Smithsonian Books ; New York : Harper, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book relates the history of the technology which harnessed electricity and powered the greatest scientific and technological advances of the modern era. What begin as a long running dispute in biology, involving a dead frog's twitching leg, a scalpel, and a metal plate, would become an invention that transformed the history of the world: the battery. The author, a science journalist traces the history of this  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry R Schlesinger
ISBN: 9780061442933 0061442933
OCLC Number: 419855785
Description: xi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: History in real time --
A world without science --
The death of superstition --
The tale of the frog --
Science, showmanship, and the voltaic pile --
Not a gentleman of science --
What hath God wrought? --
Finally, something useful --
Power and light --
Genius by design --
Victorian age of discovery --
Without wires --
Mass-marketing miracles --
What will they think of next? --
Distance dies in the parlor --
The endless frontier --
See it! Hear it! Get it! --
Smaller and smaller --
Always on --
Lab reports --
Bring on the future --
Those troublesome Baghdad batteries.
Responsibility: Henry Schlesinger.

Abstract:

This book relates the history of the technology which harnessed electricity and powered the greatest scientific and technological advances of the modern era. What begin as a long running dispute in biology, involving a dead frog's twitching leg, a scalpel, and a metal plate, would become an invention that transformed the history of the world: the battery. The author, a science journalist traces the history of this essential power source and demonstrates its impact on our lives, from Alessandro Volta's first copper and zinc model in 1800 to twenty-first-century technological breakthroughs. He introduces the charlatans and geniuses, the paupers and magnates, who were attracted to the power of the battery.
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