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A Beacon of Modernity

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195829
eISBN:
9780262283120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195829.003.0020
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter scrutinizes the various challenges that emerged regarding the adoption of electric arc lights. Lighthouse keepers needed training to maintain the different parts of the arc lights that ... More


First Light

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195829
eISBN:
9780262283120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195829.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter describes how the different inventions of bright light sources influenced public lighting systems. First of all, with the improvements in navigation aids for ships, more and more ... More


Machine-Age Electricity

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195829
eISBN:
9780262283120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195829.003.0019
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter discusses the development of magnetos in the search for strong light sources in lighthouses. It begins with how, in the late 1850s, giant steam-driven magnetos were used in lighthouses ... More


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