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When they hid the fire : a history of electricity and invisible energy in America

Author: Daniel French, (Historian)
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Intersections (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When They Hid the Fire examines the American social perceptions of electricity as an energy technology that were adopted between the mid-nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries. Arguing that both technical and cultural factors played a role, Daniel French shows how electricity became an invisible and abstract form of energy in American society. As technological advancements allowed for an increasing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel French, (Historian)
ISBN: 9780822964254 0822964252
OCLC Number: 977911104
Description: xi, 250 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. English roots, utopia found and lost --
2. The energy revolution and the ascendancy of coal --
3. The conundrum of smoke and visible energy --
4. Technology and energy in the abstract --
5. Of fluids, fields, and wizards --
6. Energy, utopia, and the American mind --
7. Turbines, coal, and convenience.
Series Title: Intersections (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Other Titles: History of electricity and invisible energy in America
Responsibility: Daniel French.

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