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Little Masterpieces of Science

Invention and Discovery

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Author: George Iles
Published: 1877
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,045 / 131 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.2
LoC Categories: T, Q, D
Downloads: 1,518
Added to site: 2009.06.26 24538
Genres: History, Science

Franklin, B. Lightning identified with electricity -- Faraday, M. Preparing the way for the electric dynamo and motor -- Henry, J. Invention of the electric telegraph -- Iles, G. The first Atlantic cables -- Bell, A. G. The invention of the telephone -- Dam, H. J. W. Photographing the unseen -- Iles, G. The wireless telegraph -- Iles, G. Electricity, what its mastery means: with a review and a prospect -- Rumford, Count (B. Thompson) Heat and motion identified -- Stephenson, G. The "Rocket" locomotive and its victory.

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ts made which are usually performed with electricity."


[Michael Faraday was for many years Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution, London, where his researches did more to subdue electricity to the service of man than those of any other physicist who ever lived. "Faraday as a Discoverer," by Professor John Tyndall (his successor) depicts a mind of the rarest ability and a character of the utmost charm. This biography is published by D. Appleton & Co., New York: the extracts which follow are from the third chapter.]

In 1831 we have Faraday at the climax of his intellectual strength, forty years of age, stored with knowledge and full of original power. Through reading, lecturing, and experimenting, he had become thoroughly familiar with electrical science: he saw where light was needed and expansion possible. The phenomena of ordinary electric induction belonged, as it were, to the alphabet of his k



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