An entertainment for angels: electricity in the Enlightenment

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Icon, May 27, 2003 - Science - 177 pages
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An Entertainment for Angels tells the story of how electricity charged the eighteenth-century imagination. Patricia Fara vividly portrays people's struggles to understand the unusual and exciting effects that electrical experiments were producing.

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Noted science historian Patricia Fara details the history of electrical discoveries and innovations from Newton to Volta, threading together the lives of Benjamin Franklin, Mary Shelley, Henry ... Read full review

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Unlike most history of science books, this one is enough to make one laugh aloud. Science at one point was an entertainment opportunity, where people hired folks to perform experiments. My favorite was the electrical boys, with Mesmer ranking a close second. Read full review


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