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Titel: Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment
Autor/en: Michael Brian Schiffer

ISBN: 0520248295
EAN: 9780520248298
Sprache: Englisch.
UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR

März 2006 - kartoniert - 397 Seiten

Beschreibung

"In focusing an archeologist's eye on electrical technology in the eighteenth century, Michael Brian Schiffer brings fresh and valuable insight to the study of the process of technological diffusion. At the same time he provides a lively account of how an interest in electricity spread across a surprisingly broad range of Enlightenment society."--Bernard Finn, Curator, Electrical Collections, Smithsonian Institution
"Michael Brian Schiffer brings his love of technology and archaeology together into a great story of the Age of Enlightenment. A wonderful read for those who want to dive into compelling stories of artifacts, people and scientific thought. "Draw the Lightning Down pushes archaeology into times and technology where it has not gone before. This is an absorbing and literally electrifying book!"--Pamela J. Cressey, City Archaeologist, Alexandria Archaeology

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface List of Figures 1. The Franklin Phenomenon 2. In the Beginning 3. A Coming of Age 4. Going Public 5. Power to the People 6. Life and Death 7. First, Do No Harm 8. An Electrical World 9. Property Protectors 10. A New Alchemy 11. Visionary Inventors 12. Technology Transfer: A Behavioral Framework Notes References Cited Index

Portrait

Michael Brian Schiffer is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. His many books include The Material Life of Human Beings (1999), Taking Charge: The Electric Automobile in America (1994), Technological Perspectives on Behavioral Change (1992), and The Portable Radio in American Life (1991).

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"Many historians have discussed early electrical instruments, but this is the most comprehensive account of the enormous variety of devices developed during this period. With the help of numerous illustrations, Schiffer clearly explains how they worked and what they were for." - Times Literary Supplement (tls) "A strong book, imaginatively conceived, based on the sources, and informed by theory. It should be read, appreciated, and argued about." - Darwin Stapleton, American Historical Review "Schiffer writes about science in a way non-scientists can enjoy, and in so doing opens our minds to the fantastic developments in electrical technology that blossomed in the eighteenth century.... This is the kind of book you'll tell your friends about." - Dan Danbom, Time Out For Entertainment "Draw the Lightning Down offers the reader a novel, and downright refreshing, viewpoint on the science and technology that were most central in bringing about the Enlightenment.... [It] presents the reader with a wonderfully researched and delightful voyage into the past. This one is well worth taking." - Shawn Carlson, American Scientist"
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