Electricity (Physical Science Series)

Electricity (Physical Science Series)

by Jackie Ball, Garet, Richie Chevat
     
 

It's as ordinary as your socks sticking together in the dryer and as extraordinary as jagged bolts of lightning ripping through thunderclouds. Electricity is one of nature's most powerful and mysterious forces. In ELECTRICITY, Discovery Channel takes you on a shocking journey of humankind's desire to harness the power of electricity.  See more details below

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It's as ordinary as your socks sticking together in the dryer and as extraordinary as jagged bolts of lightning ripping through thunderclouds. Electricity is one of nature's most powerful and mysterious forces. In ELECTRICITY, Discovery Channel takes you on a shocking journey of humankind's desire to harness the power of electricity.

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Easily one of the most dangerous experiments ever contemplated was Benjamin Franklin's famous attempt to attract lightening to a kite. The strategy was clever enough; he stood inside a door frame so the part of the string he held would not be wet (and therefore not conduct electricity). Even so, a direct strike would probably have left the country short by one Founding Father. That is only one example of the extraordinary collection of anecdotes, explanations, and puzzles to be found in this book. There is an interview with an electron (a delightfully negative guy). The time line stretches from the development of alternating current in late nineteenth century all the way back to 600 BC when Greeks noticed that amber, when rubbed against certain substances, would attract feathers and other light objects (it was they who gave the "elektron" its name). Like one other book in the series, this one makes superb use of primary sources. Franklin's experiment is described in his own words, Francis Jehl, one of Edison's assistants gives a personal recollection of the search for the perfect light bulb filament, and Thomas Edison explains a device he constructed to electrocute cockroaches in a telegraph office. He was a teenager at the time and, while his invention was written up in the local news and was popular with his coworkers, management saw it as a distraction and made him take it apart. Part of the "Discovery Channel Physical Science" series. 2003, Gareth Stevens Publishing,
— Michael Chabin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836833560
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
Discovery Channel School Science Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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