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Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment
Patricia Fara (au)
Electricity was the scientific fashion of the Enlightenment. Here, Patricia Fara tells the engrossing tale of the strange birth of electrical science -- from a high-society party trick to a symbol of manís emerging dominance over nature. From innovator-turned-statesman Benjamin Franklin to Romantic poet Shelley, the ability to harness electricity has affected us all, bringing a true revolution to science, and, as one look around our technological world makes clear, to society itself. Faraís account of Benjamin Franklinís circle of friends and colleagues brings them squabbling, eureka-ing to life. She deftly shows how new knowledge emerged from a rich mix of improved tehnology, medical quackery, Continental theorizing, religious doubt and scientific rivalry. Illus.
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