The Battery: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution

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Harper Collins, Mar 16, 2010 - Science - 320 pages
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“Henry Schlesinger is playful and intelligent and obscenely well read.” — Richard Zacks, author of The Pirate Hunter

"Henry Schlesinger’s fascinating and superbly researched history of the battery is the story of civilization as we know it." — Michael Belfiore, author of The Department of Mad Scientists

Henry Schlesinger’s The Battery is the first popular history of the technology that harnessed electricity and powered the greatest scientific and technological advances of our time. If you like Wired Magazine and popular science books, you'll love the "hidden history" of The Battery.

 

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User Review  - kukulaj - LibraryThing

This book is not so much about batteries as about devices that run on battery power. I rather suspect that the author tried to write a book about batteries but really the devices are much more ... Read full review

THE BATTERY: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An irresistibly entertaining history of electricity from the point of view of the humble battery.A battery is a container in which a chemical reaction produces an electric current. Electricity was a ... Read full review

Contents

Two The Death of Superstition
10
Three The Tale of the Frog
39
Five Not a Gentleman of Science
69
Six What Hath God Wrought?
97
Seven Finally Something Useful
131
Nine Genius by Design
169
Eleven Without Wires
184
Twelve MassMarketing Miracles
198
Thirteen What Will They Think of Next?
213
Fourteen Distance Dies in the Parlor
217
Sixteen See It Hear It Get It
251
Eighteen Always On
270
Appendix Those Troublesome Baghdad Batteries
283
Index
297
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Henry Schlesinger is a journalist and author specializing in science and emerging technologies. He is the coauthor of Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda, and lives in New York City.

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