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Volta : science and culture in the Age of Enlightenment

Author: Giuliano Pancaldi
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographie (Descripteur de forme)
Named Person: Alessandro Volta; Alessandro Volta; Alessandro Volta; Alessandro Giuseppe A Volta; Alessandro Volta; Alessandro Giuseppe A Volta
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Giuliano Pancaldi
ISBN: 0691096856 9780691096858
OCLC Number: 50072163
Description: xv, 381 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The making of a natural philosopher --
Enlightenment science south of the Alps --
The electrophorus --
Volta's science of electricity --
The cosmopolitan network --
The battery --
Appropriating invention --
The scientist as hero --
Conclusion : science, technology, and contingency.
Responsibility: Giuliano Pancaldi.
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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. This work examines  Read more...

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