Electricity in the 19th century

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Unformatted text preview: Electricity in the 19th century 1 Thursday, October 6, 11 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 Electricity in the late 18th and early19th century • Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) Animal electricity. Studied the movements of dead animals when electriFed. Proposed that the motive force of living beings was an animal electricity. • Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) Development of the Frst Battery the Voltaic Pile (~1800). Produced the Frst source of consistent electrical power, replacing static electric generators. Massively increased the possible uses of electricity. 3 Thursday, October 6, 11 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 Thomas Alva Edison...
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