Book Review: Electric Universe

Electric Universe: How Electricity Switched on the Modern World Electric Universe: How Electricity Switched on the Modern World by David Bodanis

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Quite enjoyed the way that the author showed how we stumbled across all of the principles that we take for granted today. It took many years for things like telegraph, electricity, radio, radar to be discovered and mass produced. There was lots of dead end research and lucky breaks along the way to piece together how electrons and magnets rule our modern world. It certainly wasn’t clear to me from my university physics classes that the early researchers had so little idea of what they were dealing with. Just what were those electrons, how can you measure them, how can you harness them for good (and evil too) ?? Just why do we call them volts, amps and watts ? A bit of interesting `dark’ background to Samuel Morse and Alan Turing too.

This is no mere physics book. It links together the luminaries of the field in a way that makes for a book almost like a novel.

I’m really getting into these sorts of factoid type entertaining reads. So many trivium to fill my wee head !

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Book Review: Electric Universe