A History Of Electricity; (the Intellectual Rise In Electricity) From Antiquity To The Days Of…

Paperback | January 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... little crack, a little spark--the same little crack and the same little spark which he had taken a hundred times from his glass tube--and the great discovery' is complete, his name immortal. As the kite dashes through the masses of vapor hurrying over him, he touches the key, and again and again the conquered lightning returns, as it were, a caress--even submitting to be caged in the Leyden jar like the common electricity from his rubbed globe. And, as the storm abates, the thunder dies away on the horizon, the clouds sweep off toward their ancient enemies, the mountains, and the kite moves lazily in the blue; while on the thankful, upturned face of the man gleams the glad sunshine which he had thought never to behold "It is a dogma of faith that the demons can produce wind, storms, and rain of fire from heaven. The atmosphere is a battlefield between angels and devils . . . The aspiring steeples around which cluster the low dwellings of men are to be likened, when the bells in them are ringing, to the hen spreading its protecting wings over its chickens : for the tones of the consecrated metal repel the demons and arrest storms and lightning." So wrote the Angelic Doctor centuries before the days of Franklin. Those whose minds were still filled with the superstitions of a bygone age, clung to their belief in the efficacy of the church bells, and denounced the lightning rod as a sacrilege ; nay, even as an awful defiance of Heaven, if it were placed upon a house of worship. Abbe Nollet, forgetting the philosopher in the ecclesiastic, declared it to be "as impious to ward off God's lightnings as for a child to resist the chastening rod of the father." In vain it was urged that as the rain fell alike upon the just and unjust, so the thunderbolt shattered with equa...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... little crack, a little spark--the same little crack and the same little spark which he had taken a hundred times from his glass tube-...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.41 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217769926

ISBN - 13:9780217769921

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