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The Electric Century

How the Taming of Lightning Shaped the Modern World

Authors: Williams, J. B.

  • Shows how the science of electricity, mostly developed in the nineteenth century, was turned into technology in the twentieth century
  • Looks at the inventors and inventions that gave us so many of the items that have make our lives easier
  • Makes accessible to all the history of engineering and how its advances drive new product development and dispersion
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51155-9
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About this book

This book is about how electricity has profoundly changed the way we live, work, and play. Some twenty topics are covered, with an abundance of graphs and images to build a comprehensive picture. Each looks at the developments, and the people who initiated them, together with how one led to the next and their subsequent impact on society. Topics include electric supply, lighting through X-rays, and all those appliances that make our homes so comfortable.

Most homes at the end of the twentieth century were full of electrical equipment, much of which was regarded as essential. It ran from lights, washing machines, fridges, freezers, kettles, telephones and so on, to the more subtle things such as wipers and starter motors on cars. In 1900, in all but a tiny minority of houses, there were none of these things. It is very difficult for us now to imagine a world without electrical equipment everywhere, and yet it has only taken a century. The Electric Century examines how we got from then to now.

 The nineteenth is often described as the century of steam from the impact it had on employment and transport, and The Electric Century makes a similar claim as the description of the twentieth. Electricity and the equipment using it are so pervasive that they have affected every corner of modern life.





About the authors

J.B. Williams got an electrical engineering degree at Imperial College, which led him into the design of electronic control and instrumentation equipment, and he became a Chartered Engineer. After working for a number of companies, including AVO/Megger and gaining seniority, he went into engineering management and later co-founded Ingenion Design Ltd to produce electronic instrumentation, exposing him to many different industries varying from washing machines to nuclear power stations.




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“Williams is very thorough, and as with the electronics book, he or she is at his or her best when giving us historical statistics and nuggets of information about, for example, the early fragmented electricity generation companies, or Marconi's work or the development of batteries. … if you'd like to fill in some gaps in the history of technology, it's worth taking on.” (Brian Clegg, Popular Science, popsciencebooks.blogspot.com, January, 2018)




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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51155-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51154-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Electric Century
Book Subtitle
How the Taming of Lightning Shaped the Modern World
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51155-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51155-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-51154-2
Series ISSN
2626-6113
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 216
Number of Illustrations
66 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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