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An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment
 
 
Author
Patricia Fara.
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Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781840464597
Pages/Publication Date 177/2003
Daedalus Item Code 73700
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"The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was fascinated by scientific experiments," writes Patricia Fara in the Introduction to this tale of the strange birth of electrical science, and its emergence from a high-society party trick to a symbol of man's dominance over nature. Fara writes of Benjamin Franklin, of course, but also of possibly lesser-known personnages in such chapters as "Robert Boyle and the Air-pump," "Francis Hauksbee and the Electrical Machine," "Henry and the Torpedo," and "Luigi Balvani and his Frogs."

"Vividly captures the ferment created by the new science of the Enlightenment Fara deftly shows how new knowledge emerged from a rich mix of improved technology, medical quackery, Continental theorising, religious doubt and scientific rivalry."New Scientist

 
 
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