Electric Universe: How Electricity Switched on the Modern World Paperback – 19 Jan 2006
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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)
From the author of the bestselling E=MC2, a brilliantly descriptive analysis of one of the most powerful forces that controls the universe - electricitySee all Product Description
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The back of the book describes it as a "history of electricity", and it is true that the science is simplified - scientists might find it too simple, but for those who only want to know the basics it provides just enough information without turning into a lecture.
The focus of the book is really more on the history; how our use of electricity developed, the people who came up with the ideas. The style is anecdotal, similar to Bill Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything, with a lot of personal details which made me see these famous names in a new way.
This book would be great for a teenager bored with science, for a science teacher who wants some tips on how to liven up lessons, or for anyone who'd like to learn the basics about electricity in a really enjoyable way.
It's still fascinating, and full of anecdotes and stories. If I was a scientist I'm sure I would scoff at the explanations of what electricity is and what it does, but I'm not, so I appreciate the layman's terms. I learned plenty, especially in the later chapters as Bodanis explains electricity's role in biology and psychology. They didn't teach me that in school. Or if they did I wasn't paying attention.
It's a fine book, and very readable. I just thought I ought to clarify that subtitle.
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Would Mr. Bodanis write 'the history of the motor car' and not mention Henry Ford?
This was an interesting read, with many interesting facts and a few names that I remember from my childhood, such as Samuel Morse. But, to exclude Nikola Tesla, especially whilst devoting many pages to that unpleasant character,Thomas Edison, is unforgivable.
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I bought this book for my husband as I thought he would enjoy it. He absolutely loves it. He says that it is full of interesting facts & very easy to readPublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by marmar
I thought it was a great read. Heard good things about it on the radio and wasn't disappointed. Some people obviously had the wrong idea when he bought it because the book is about... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2013 by alistair douglas
Electric Universe is a fascinating survey of the part that electricity plays in our world, which is a large one, underlying the structure of the physical universe. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2011 by Mr. Robert Marsland
You may "either love it or hate it" but I managed both!
I, too, am staggered that this should have won the Aventis. Read more
A really well written book, Bodanis doesn't fill it too densely with information but you still learn loads from it, it even made some biology (which I hate) interesting.Published on 13 April 2009 by S. Marsden
Ok as a very readable introduction to popular science history, but I have to say it irritated more than interested. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2009 by D. McBain
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