An entertainment for angels: electricity in the Enlightenment
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 Cavendish, and many other "natural philosophers" of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her writing is fun and interesting enough, but there's no ground-breaking thesis here, no earth-shattering revelation. Of note are the many ways that American and European scientists tried to use electricity to heal diseases. A quick read.
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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.
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An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment
No preview available - 2002