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Volta: Science And Culture In The Age Of Enlightenment
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ISBN 9780691122267
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Volta: Science And Culture In The Age Of Enlightenment

Giuliano Pancaldi sets us within the cosmopolitan cultures of Enlightenment Europe to tell the story of Alessandro Volta--the brilliant man whose name is forever attached to electromotive force.


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  • Volta: Science And Culture In The Age Of Enlightenment available on February 24 2015 from Indigo for 46.95
  • ISBN bar code 9780691122267 ξ3 registered February 20 2017
  • ISBN bar code 9780691122267 ξ1 registered May 25 2012
  • ISBN bar code 9780691122267 ξ4 registered February 24 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780691122267 ξ2 registered April 20 2012
  • Product category is Book

  • # 978069112226

Giuliano Pancaldi sets us within the cosmopolitan cultures of Enlightenment Europe to tell the story of Alessandro Volta--the brilliant man whose name is forever attached to electromotive force. Providing fascinating details, many previously unknown, Pancaldi depicts Volta as an inventor who used his international network of acquaintances to further his quest to harness the power of electricity. This is the story of a man who sought recognition as a natural philosopher and ended up with an invention that would make an everyday marvel of electric lighting. Examining the social and scientific contexts in which Volta operated--as well as Europe's reception of his most famous invention--Volta also offers a sustained inquiry into long-term features of science and technology as they developed in the early age of electricity. Pancaldi considers the voltaic cell, or battery, as a case study of Enlightenment notions and their consequences, consequences that would include the emergence of the "scientist" at the expense of the "natural philosopher." Throughout, Pancaldi highlights the complex intellectual, technological, and social ferment that ultimately led to our industrial societies. In so doing, he suggests that today's supporters and critics of Enlightenment values underestimate the diversity and contingency inherent in science and technology--and may be at odds needlessly. Both an absorbing biography and a study of scientific and technological creativity, this book offers new insights into the legacies of the Enlightenment while telling the remarkable story of the now-ubiquitous battery.


References
    ^ (2015). Volta: Science and Culture in the Age of Enlightenment (revised Sep 2015)
    ^ (2012). Volta, Science and Culture in the Age of Enlightenment, Princeton Univ. Press. Wiki. (revised Apr 2012)
    ^ Volta : Science and Culture in the Age of Enlightenment by Giuliano Pancaldi (2005, Paperback) (revised Apr 2017)
    ^ Volta: Science And Culture In The Age Of Enlightenment Indigo. (revised Feb 2015)

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