Fleet Fire: Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolution

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Arcade Pub., 2003 - Science - 350 pages
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The electric revolution, which eclipsed the Industrial Revolution by the end of the 19th century and continues to this day, changed our world forever. FLEET FIRE tells us how it all began. In an engaging and entertaining narrative, L. J. Davis fields a cast of both prominent and forgotten characters, from dedicated scientists and mischievous rogues to enlightened amateurs who lit the sparks of discovery. Franklin+s kite, Davenport+s electromagnet, Morse+s telegraph, Cyrus Field+s transatlantic cable, and Edison+s phonograph are but a few of the achievements Davis discusses. Explaining the science in lucid prose, FLEET FIRE conveys the arc of discovery during one of the most creative epochs in the history of mankind.

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Franklin the Adroit Old Adventurer
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Erasmus Darwin Humphry Davy and
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The Blacksmith of Brandon
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About the author (2003)

Davis is a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine and a legendary reporter, critic, and commentator.

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