Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

by Michael Brian Schiffer
ISBN-10:
0262195828
ISBN-13:
9780262195829
Pub. Date:
09/30/2008
Publisher:
MIT Press

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Overview

Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

The development of electrical technologies that laid the foundation for Edison's work: their invention, commercialization, and adoption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262195829
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,248,389
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Richard A. Gould

Schiffer's book highlights the unexpected and sometimes quirky nature of the history of electrical technology. His clear prose and careful scholarship lead the reader through a complex slalom course that examines technological history from physics to personalities and from scientific to market-driven demands in a narrative that challenges conventional assumptions about technological 'progress.' Bravo!

Michael J. O'Brien

This is an eminently readable account of the early years of electrical technology, as engineers and scientists in the pre-Edison years searched for practical uses of electricity. Schiffer weaves a fascinating account of machines and the humans who made and used them, focusing not only on the technology but also on the social, political, and commercial contexts in which electricity played an ever-expanding role. A great book!

Bryan Pfaffenberger

Power Struggles tells the story of practical electricity in a way that readers at any level will find engaging and authoritative. But lurking beneath the surface, unobtrusively, is a significant theoretical advance—one that captures the best of social constructivism without ignoring the undeniable material realities of volts and amps, DC and AC, and storage vs. transmission. For any reader with an interest in electricity in the pre-Edison epoch, this is a synthesis worth savoring.

From the Publisher

"Schiffer's book highlights the unexpected and sometimes quirky nature of the history of electrical technology. His clear prose and careful scholarship lead the reader through a complex slalom course that examines technological history from physics to personalities and from scientific to market-driven demands in a narrative that challenges conventional assumptions about technological 'progress.' Bravo!"
Richard Gould , Department of Anthropology, Brown
University

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