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Electric Universe: How Electricity Switched on the Modern World Hardcover – 20 Jan 2005


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (20 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316861820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316861823
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugely impressive. No one makes complex science more fascinating and accessible - and indeed more pleasurable - than David Bodanis (Bill Bryson)

A technological odyssey complete with heroes and villains, triumph and tragedy - a true scientific adventure (Simon Singh, author of BIG BANG and FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM)

Bodanis unpeels these layers of the electrical onion expertly; his writing is vigorous and sometimes ecstatic . . . ELECTRIC UNIVERSE is a high-voltage performance (DAILY MAIL)

A compelling, fast-paced read (OBSERVER)

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From the author of the bestselling E=MC2, a brilliantly descriptive analysis of one of the most powerful forces that controls the universe - electricity

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aspidistra on 28 Sep 2008
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the other reviewers who considered this book superficial. It only touches upon the interesting experimental aspects of the subject and provides way too much irrelevant padding. Whilst I appreciate it may make for more easier reading to provide background material on the personalities and have enjoyed this when done in balance by other authors I feel this one simply neglects the main theme in favour of irrelevances - why include a paragraph quoting Hitler and why the lengthy discussion of Bomber Harris and air raids on Germany - the obvious point about the influence of radio/radar could have been made much more succinctly. All in all lightweight and trivial with glaring omissions in it's central subject.
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Contrary to the other two reviews I thought it was a great read. Heard good things about it on the radio and wasn't disappointed. Aspidistra obviously had the wrong idea when he bought it because the book is about the "irrelevant padding", the experimental aspects were interesting to me as a chemical engineer and although touched on lightly gave a good insight as to how it all came about. If you wanted a book without "glaring omissions in it's central subject" a text book would have been a better idea. Great stories within and would recommend!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antony on 20 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just overall a boring book and not written well. I couldn't finish it I had to stop reading in the end :(
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Nature of electricity 1 May 2014
By LEONARD SPARKS - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best, easy to read books on the nature and development of electricity. It's a must read for those who love science.
Wonderful 29 July 2008
By S. Mortimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book succeeded in showing the romantic and exciting side of the discoveries made on electricity over the last two or three hundred years, while remaining straight-forward and simple enough for anyone to enjoy. Highly recommended!
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