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ENERGY HISTORY 

 
 
 INVENTION      INVENTOR   YEAR
Arc Lighting System Charles Brush 1876
Carbon Filament Louis Latimer 1881
Electric Battery Count Alessandro Volta 1799
Electric PowerAC Nikola Tesla 1888
Electromagnetic Induction Michael Faraday 1831
Electromagnetic Theory of Light Heinrich Hertz 1889
Electrostatic Motor Elihu Thomson 1901
Light Bulb Thomas Alva Edison & Joseph Swan 1879
Lightning Rod Benjamin Franklin 1752
Nuclear Reaction Enrico Fermi 1942
Steam Engine Improvement James Watt 1769

TO LEARN MORE

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
100 Inventions That Shaped World History
by Bill Yenne, Morton, Dr. Grosser (Editor) / Paperback - 112 pages (1983)
/ Bluewood Books 
This book contains inventions from all around the world from microchips to fire. This is a really good book if you are going to do research on inventions.

Empires of Light : Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World
by Jill Jones / Hardcover: 432 pages / Random House; (August 19, 2003)
The genius of such poet-scientists as Nikola Tesla depended on the more finely tuned business skills of George Westinghouse and the towering capital of J.P. Morgan to achieve actualization.
The Forces of Matter
by Michael Faraday / Paperback - 88 pages (May 1993) / Prometheus Books
Certainly a true classic. This book will appeal to both the layman and the technically inclined.
Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics
by Stan Gibilisco / Paperback: 800 pages / McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics;3rd edition (August 2001)
Presented as a self-instructional guide for professionals, hobbyists, and technicians desiring to competently enter the world of circuits (ac and dc), measuring devices, resistors, cells and batteries, semiconductors, computers, and the Internet.

Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism
by James Clerk Maxwell / Paperback 3rd edition  / Dover Pubns (January 1991)
This volume covers magnetism and electromagnetism.


ON THE SCREEN:
Power Plants
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00 / Also VHS
Though the basic technology has remained constant for decades, continual improvements and refinements have made them far more efficient and powerful.
Nuclear Tech
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / 73436 / Less than $25.00
From the dawn of the nuclear age to a sneak peek at an ultra-modern fusion reactor, See how nuclear science has made a mark in fields as diverse as medicine and international security, meet the scientists who are developing the next generation of reactors, and ride along as spent uranium rods are transported from power plants to secure storage facilities.

History of Westinghouse - An American Industrial Powerhouse
 DVD / Unrated /  A2ZCDS.com / Run Time: 70 / Flash / Full Screen / Original recording remastered Westinghouse is still a household name though many of us may be less than familiar with its founder George Westinghouse, and the hard work and vision that made his company a corporate legend. On this historic DVD is a solid overview of vintage film clips shot at the height of the Westinghouse dynasty.


ON THE WEB:

Consequences of Edison's Lamp
Over the course of the next half century two especially significant social effects became clear. We gained control over light in homes and offices, independent of the time of day. And the electric light brought networks of wires into homes and offices, making it relatively easy to add appliances and other machines. From the Lighting Revolution at the Smithsonian.
(URL: americanhistory.si.edu/lighting/19thcent/consq19.htm)

Electrical History
Heinrich Hertz laid the ground work for the vacuum tube. He laid the foundation for the future development of radio, telephone, telegraph, and even television. He was one of the first people to demonstrate the existence of electric waves.
(URL: www.code-electrical.com/historyofelectricity.html)

IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing
This is a program conducted by the IEEE History Committee through the History Center to honor significant achievements in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering. The program was founded in 1983 and to date has recognized over 50 major milestones.
)URL: www.ieee.org/organizations/history_center/milestones_program.html)
Electrification
In the 20th century, widespread electrification gave us power for our cities, factories, farms, and homes - and forever changed our lives. Chosen as the #1 greatest engineering achievement of the 20th Century by the National Academy of Engineering.

(URL: www.greatachievements.org/greatachievements/ga_1_1.html)
Power Play
Power Play is an interactive activity that helps users learn about harnessing energy from different power sources. To build the machine, users should click on one of the parts in the bottom screen and then drag it into the upper screen. Each machine requires three pieces. Once the machine works, users can click "Next" to go on to the next challenge.
(URL: www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/powerplay.html)

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