The Story of Electricity
In the book's preface, the author writes: "Let anyone stop to consider how he individually would be affected if all electrical service were suddenly to cease, and he cannot fail to appreciate the claims of electricity to attentive study."
In these days when we take for granted all kinds of technology - communications, entertainment, medical, military, industrial and domestic - it is interesting to learn what progress had been made in the fields of electricity and technology by the beginning of the 20th century.
Including the dawn of hydro-electric power, the x-ray, the phonograph, the telephone and the wireless telegraph, this book explains the pioneering work of the men who made our modern world possible, and sets us wondering what the next century may bring - providing that we do not manage to destroy our planet in the meantime.
The Gutenberg text of the 1915 edition (as recorded) does not have the benefit of the book's many diagrams. Also available, however, is an online book scan of the 1912 edition which includes the illustrations and coincides largely with the text recorded. (Summary by Ruth Golding)
(6 hr 27 min)
|01 - Preface; Chapter I: The Electricity of Friction||34:04||Read by Ruth Golding|
|02 - Chapter II: The Electricity of Chemistry||25:17||Read by Ruth Golding|
|03 - Chapter III: The Electricity of Heat||8:12||Read by Ruth Golding|
|04 - Chapter IV: The Electricity of Magnetism||46:55||Read by Ruth Golding|
|05 - Chapter V: Electrolysis||14:20||Read by Ruth Golding|
|06 - Chapter VI: The Telegraph and Telephone||52:36||Read by Ruth Golding|
|07 - Chapter VII: Electric Light and Heat||21:42||Read by Ruth Golding|
|08 - Chapter VIII: Electric Power||33:40||Read by Ruth Golding|
|09 - Chapter IX: Minor Uses of Electricity||49:42||Read by Ruth Golding|
|10 - Chapter X: The Wireless Telegraph||27:57||Read by Ruth Golding|
|11 - Chapter XI: Electro-Chemistry and Electro-Metallurgy||31:35||Read by Ruth Golding|
|12 - Chapter XII: Electric Trains||23:22||Read by Ruth Golding|
|13 - Appendix||18:15||Read by Ruth Golding|
the story of electricity
one of the few books able to show the growth of the modern world from an engineers perspective of 100 years ago - wonderful stuff and well read