Free Read [Science Book] ê An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment - by Patricia Fara ↠


  • Title: An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment
  • Author: Patricia Fara
  • ISBN: 9780231131483
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover

  • An Entertainment for Angels, rather than for Men, one observer called electricity, and it proved to be the most significant scientific discovery of the Enlightenment Lecturers attracted huge audiences who marveled at sparkling fountains, flaming drinks, pirouetting dancers, and electrified boys Flamboyant experimenters made chains of soldiers leap into the air, while weaAn Entertainment for Angels, rather than for Men, one observer called electricity, and it proved to be the most significant scientific discovery of the Enlightenment Lecturers attracted huge audiences who marveled at sparkling fountains, flaming drinks, pirouetting dancers, and electrified boys Flamboyant experimenters made chains of soldiers leap into the air, while wealthy women titillated their admirers with a sensational electric kiss Optimists predicted that this strange power of nature would cure illnesses, improve crop production, even bring the dead back to life An Entertainment for Angels tells the story of how electricity charged the eighteenth century imagination With contemporary illustrations and engaging prose, Patricia Fara vividly portrays the struggles to understand the unusual and exciting effects that electrical experiments were producing.One of the heroes of the story is Benjamin Franklin, renowned on both sides of the Atlantic as an expert on electricity, who introduced lightning rods to protect tall buildings, pioneered techniques to treat paralyzed patients, and developed one of the most successful explanations of this mysterious phenomenon Others include Luigi Galvani, whose electrical research on frogs and animals makes for grisly reading but led to the discovery of direct current electricity and Alessandro Volta, who with Napoleon s enthusiastic support became one of Europe s leading scientific practitioners and invented the world s first battery.
    Patricia Fara
    Patricia Fara is a historian of science at the University of Cambridge She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and did her PhD at the University of London She is a former Fellow of Darwin College and is currently a Fellow of Clare College where she is Senior Tutor and Tutor for graduate students Fara is also a research associate and lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science Fara is author of numerous popular books on the history of science and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4 s science and history discussion series, In Our Time She began her academic career as a physicist but returned to graduate studies as a mature student to specialise in History and Philosophy of Science, completing her PhD thesis at Imperial College, London in 1993.Her areas of particular academic interest include the role of portraiture and art in the history of science, science in the 18th century England during the Enlightenment and the role of women in science She has written and co authored a number of books for children on science Fara is also a reviewer of books on history of science.


    Commentaires:

    Sky
    +Patricia does a great job creating an insightful, entertaining and easy to read series of chapters. She effectively hones in on the various occurrences involving the scientific evolution of the discovery of electricity in the 18th century. I would happily recommend it.-The book seems to end abruptly.

    Lissa Notreallywolf
    Unlike most history of science books, this one is enough to make one laugh aloud. Science at one point was an entertainment opportunity, where people hired folks to perform experiments. My favorite was the electrical boys, with Mesmer ranking a close second.

    Zedder
    Fun history of electricity.

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