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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Bodanis Narrator: Del Roy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the bestselling E=MC2 comes a mesmerizing journey of discovery illuminating the wondrous yet unseen force that permeates our world and the scientists who’ve probed its secrets. Before 1790, when Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that spurred an explosion of knowledge and invention, electricity was perceived as little more than a property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed. Now we know that this force is responsible for everything from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains. Bodanis, a superb storyteller, tells a story filled with romance, divine inspiration, fraud, and scientific breakthroughs revealing how we learned to harness electricity’s powers. The great scientists such as Michael Faraday and Samuel Morse come to life, complete with all their brilliance and idiosyncrasy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Hugely impressive. No one makes complex science more fascinating and accessible—and indeed more pleasurable—than David Bodanis. Bill Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and A Walk in the Woods
  • Bodanis wears his immense knowledge lightly. His crystal-clear explanations of everything from force fields under the Atlantic to GPS satellites combine with a flair for narrative and an eagle eye for obscure facts (where else can you learn that antidepressants turn into liquid electricity when swallowed?) to provide an intriguing account of how the wonders of electricity have transformed our world. Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling
  • Electric Universe is a technological odyssey complete with heroes and villains, triumph and tragedy—a true scientific adventure. Simon Singh, author of Fermat’s Enigma and Big Bang

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 2/14/2014

    " It seems most of the negative reviews around this book focus on the lack of scientific details or things that were missed out. I fnd this strange because the book never claims to be an indepth explanation of the principles of electricity, but rather its history and the human stories behind each important discovery, and it does this very well. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about Alan Turing, the development of radar, and found the story of Alexander Graham Bell and his wife incredibly moving. The writing style is easy to read and digest and rattles along nicely. It doesn't get bogged down in the science but has enough knowledge behind it to present what it does well and intrigued me enough to make we want to read more on various subjects in greater depth. As an introduction to the subject it's a great place to start, or if science isn't your thing then there's enough of a human element packed with romance, subterfuge and adventure to appeal to the majority of readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Isaac | 2/2/2014

    " You could probably find a better history of the subject than this one, although it is a very quick read and provides some interesting information. The story of how Alexander Graham Bell came to invent the telephone really is wonderful. The experiments of Heinrich Hertz are certainly worth reading about. The story of James Watson Watt inventing the radar during WWII is fascinating, and Bodanis gets credit for including a passage about the bombing of Dresden (see Slaughterhouse Five) in order to show the dark side of the technological progress his book is often championing. All in all, the book kind of barrels through a history that has so many fascinating detours it deserves a more epic treatment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Incandragon | 1/27/2014

    " An appealing science book for someone interested but largely ignorant in science. It teaches the theory of electricity by giving equal time to personalities and social context. The narrator has a reassuring and soft voice, not unlike being lectured by Winnie the Pooh. I wish I'd read this when I was twelve or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sanna Keskioja | 1/26/2014

    " Bodanis seems to have become a guarantee for entertaining popular science "

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