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Electricity in the 19th century

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Electricity in the 19th century 1 Thursday, October 6, 11
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Outline Electricity in the 18th and early 19th century Edison Electric: Rise of the corporate structure Technological Transfer: taking the Pearl St. Station to London 2 Thursday, October 6, 11
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Electricity in the late 18th and early19th century Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) Animal electricity. Studied the movements of dead animals when electrified. Proposed that the motive force of living beings was an animal electricity. Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) Development of the first Battery the Voltaic Pile (~1800). Produced the first source of consistent electrical power, replacing static electric generators. Massively increased the possible uses of electricity. 3 Thursday, October 6, 11
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Cultural response to electricity Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus Mary Shelly 1818 The Telegraph 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne 1870 “There is a powerful agent, obedient, rapid, easy, which conforms to every use, and reigns supreme on board my vessel. Everything is done by means of it. It lights it, warms it, and is the soul of my mechanical apparatus. this agent is electricity” 4 Thursday, October 6, 11
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