- The Shocking True Story of Electricity
- Narrated by: Adam Levy
- Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-14-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthroughs. The great discoverers come to life in all their brilliance and idiosyncrasy, including the visionary Michael Faraday, who struggled against the prejudices of the British class system, and Samuel Morse, a painter who, before inventing the telegraph, ran for mayor of New York City on a platform of persecuting Catholics. Here too is Alan Turing, whose dream of a marvelous thinking machine, what we know as the computer, was met with indifference, and who ended his life in despair after British authorities forced him to undergo experimental treatments to "cure" his homosexuality.
From the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the streets of Hamburg during a World War II firestorm to the interior of the human body, Electric Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer.
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By Simon on 09-25-10
This is the only book I have in both print and audio format. It paints a great picture of the development of our understanding of electricity through the ages. Not only this but it highlights the most interesting stories and people involved, and puts it in context of what was going on at the time.
In addition to this I think it imparts a good fundamental understanding of what electricity is. I certainly feel it did a better job than my teachers at college. If you are interested in inventing, good stories or just electricity this has it all.
If I have one complaint its that I wish Nikola Tesla was mentioned more.
Currently I am listening to it for a second time (I never normally listen to books twice) and its teaching me even more the second time round. A lovely book, very educational, and I will encourage my children to read it when they are a little older.
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By David on 09-13-14
More Fun Then Expected
Where does Electric Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is on the 'keeper' List
What did you like best about this story?
Nice little bag of gems
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
A good section on the early transatlantic cables and I say that having on hand a full book on the subject. Also the section on Heinrick Hertz is essential.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful