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A Thousand Points of 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/9780262195829.003.0018
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter describes the earliest electrical lighting system of the U.S. government’s Capitol building. The dome of the Capitol building was decorated with frescoes of American history, which, ... 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


City Beautiful

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/9780262037419.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Expositions in St. Louis and San Francisco and the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration were brilliantly coordinated electric landscapes. Urban planners such Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Mulford ... More


Studying Technological Change

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/9780262195829.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter illustrates how technological change is influenced by practical application needs and presents the example of Edison’s effort in setting up an electrical lighting system in a stretch of ... More


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