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  • Frankenstein's Childrenby Iwan Rhys Morus

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 54.50

    During the second quarter of the nineteenth century, Londoners were enthralled by a strange fluid called electricity. In examining this period, Iwan Morus moves beyond the conventional focus on the celebrated Michael Faraday to discuss other electrical experimenters, who aspired to spectacular public displays of their discoveries. Revealing connections... more...

  • When Physics Became Kingby Iwan Rhys Morus

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 30.00

    As recently as two hundred years ago, physics as we know it today did not exist. Born in the early nineteenth century during the second scientific revolution, physics struggled at first to achieve legitimacy in the scientific community and culture at large. In fact, the term "physicist" did not appear in English until the 1830s. When Physics Became... more...

  • Shocking Bodiesby Iwan Rhys Morus

    The History Press 2011; US$ 18.94

    For the Victorians, electricity was the science of spectacle and of wonder. It provided them with new ways of probing the nature of reality and understanding themselves. Luigi Galvani's discovery of 'animal electricity' at the end of the eighteenth century opened up a whole new world of possibilities, in which electricity could cure sickness, restore... more...

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