Inventing the Electric Light

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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
For most of mankind's history, the only usable sources of light came from either the Sun or some sort of flame. In the modern world, electric lights have truly changed the way people live, but electric lights are the result of hundreds of years of experimentation and invention. William Gilbert was the first to give electricity its name after experimenting with static electricity. Benjamin Franklin is credited with proving that lightning and static electricity were the same forces. Electricity was not useful for humans, however, until it could be produced in a continuous flow. Research during the 19th century eventually lead to the invention of the light bulb. Since then, more and more homes and businesses switched to electricity until it became the sole source of light power for most of the modern world. Light bulbs are still being improved today to last longer and use less power. Mullins gives a thorough, easy-to-understand look at the history of the electric light. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778728405
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Breakthrough Inventions Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Table of Contents


Early Lights     4
First Experiments     6
Current and Light     10
Electric Light Bulbs     14
Changing Lives     18
Improving Light     20
Inside a Light Bulb     22
New Light Bulbs     24
Lighting a City     26
Specialized Uses     28
Light Tomorrow     30
Glossary and Index     32
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