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Energy Transitions

David E. Nye

in American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037419
eISBN:
9780262344784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037419.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the nineteenth century two lighting technologies emerged and competed. Both can be understood according to the five stages of Thomas Hughes’s theory of energy transitions. Coal gas lighting ... 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


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


Early Commercialization

John L. Neufeld

in Selling Power: Economics, Policy, and Electric Utilities Before 1940

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226399638
eISBN:
9780226399775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226399775.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The discoveries and inventions that preceded and accompanied the early commercialization of electricity are discussed, including the development of batteries and generators and both arc and ... More


Moonlight Towers

David E. Nye

in American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037419
eISBN:
9780262344784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037419.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the 1880s many American cities adopted clusters of arc lights mounted on towers 150 to 200 feet above the ground. These “moonlight towers” shed a mild light evenly distributed over an entire ... More


New 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/9780262195829.003.0022
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter describes the invention of the electric bulb by Thomas Alva Edison. After the successful lighting project at Menlo Park, Edison also displayed a new invention, called a phonograph, which ... More


American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

David E. Nye

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037419
eISBN:
9780262344784
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037419.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Illuminations originated in Renaissance Italy and spread to all the courts of Europe more than a century before oil lamps provided the first street lighting. The transition to gas after 1800 and to ... More


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