[Epub] Empires of Light By Jill Jonnes – Bassgrotto.co.uk

Empires of Light Empires Of Light Books Author Jill Jonnes New Books.run In The Final Decades Of The Nineteenth Century, Three Brilliant And Visionary Titans Of America S Gilded Age Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, And George Westinghouse Battled Bitterly As Each Vied To Create A Vast And Powerful Electrical Empire In Empires Of Light, Historian Jill Jonnes Portrays This Extraordinary Trio And Their Riveting And Ruthless World Of Cutting Edge Science, Invention, Intrigue, Money, Death, And Hard Eyed Wall Street Millionaires At The Heart Of The Story Are Thomas Alva Edison, The Nation S Most Famous And Folksy Inventor, Creator Of The Incandescent Light Bulb And Mastermind Of The World S First Direct Current Electrical Light Networks The Serbian Wizard Of Invention Nikola Tesla, Elegant, Highly Eccentric, A Dreamer Who Revolutionized The Generation And Delivery Of Electricity And The Charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh Inventor And Tough Corporate Entrepreneur, An Industrial Idealist Who In The Era Of Gaslight Imagined A World Powered By Cheap And Plentiful Electricity And Worked Heart And Soul To Create It Edison Struggled To Introduce His Radical New Direct Current DC Technology Into The Hurly Burly Of New York City As Tesla And Westinghouse Challenged His Dominance With Their Alternating Current AC , Thus Setting The Stage For One Of The Eeriest Feuds In American Corporate History, The War Of The Electric Currents The Battlegrounds Wall Street, The 1893 Chicago World S Fair, Niagara Falls, And, Finally, The Death Chamber Jonnes Takes Us On The Tense Walk Down A Prison Hallway And Into The Sunlit Room Where William Kemmler, Convicted Ax Murderer, Became The First Man To Die In The Electric Chair Empires Of Light Is The Gripping History Of Electricity, The Mysterious Fluid, And How The Fateful Collision Of Edison, Tesla, And Westinghouse Left The World Utterly Transformed From The Hardcover Edition.


10 thoughts on “Empires of Light

  1. says:

    I seem to have a bad track record in picking technology I was one of those who plumped for HD DVD instead of the now ubiquitous Blu Ray I was obsessed with my MiniDisc player long after music companies had stopped bothering to release anything on the format and back home, in a cupboard somewhere, my family still has the old Betamax player that I remember trying to get excited about while all my friends had gone with VHS It was better, I m telling you So I sympathise with those on the wrong I seem to have a bad track record in picking technology I was one of those who plumped for HD DVD instead of the now ubiquitous Blu Ray I was obsessed with my MiniDisc player long after music companies had stopped bothering to release anything on the format and back home, in a cupboard somewhere, my family still has the old Betamax player that I remember trying to get excited about while all my friends had gone with VHS It was better, I m telling you So I sympathise with those on the wrong side of the original standards war the nineteenth century showdown between DC and AC electricity At stake was limitless commercial opportunity, as American cities gradually became convinced of the benefits of adopting electric power and each side of the deb...


  2. says:

    This was the story of Thomas Alva Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla , who collectively and individually did so much to change the economic and physical conditions of everyone in the world About a year ago I read a novel about these three individuals It incorporated factual events but also turned their lives into a melodramatic soap opera, so of course it was sold to Hollywood I wanted to know the real story behind the spread of electricity and these brilliant, ambitious and driven This was the story of Thomas Alva Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla , who collectively and individually did so much to change the economic and physical condit...


  3. says:

    Instead of writing about one of these great titans Edison, Tesla or Westinghouse, Jill Jonnes chose to write about all three in one book Jonnes focused on the race to control electricity delivery to the country The battle between Edison and Tesla was whether electricity should be delivered and put to use as direct or alternating current Edison backed direct and Tesla alternating current Westinghouse jumped into the fray to control the delivery to business and homes throughout the country We Instead of writing about one of these great titans Edison, Tesla or Westinghouse, Jill Jonnes chose to write about all three in one book Jonnes focused on the race to control electricity delivery to the country The battle between Edison and Tesla was whether electricity should be delivered and put to use as direct or alterna...


  4. says:

    INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVENowill men be slaves to hard tasks My motor will set them free, it will do the work of the worldNikola Teslar Kindle Locations 1578 1579 Although reading Empires of Light Edison, Teslar, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World, by Jill Jonnes was a bit of a slog at times, its wealth of interesting anecdotes and solid inf...


  5. says:

    The book describes the battles and struggles that had led to the electrifying of America Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, had discovered direct current electricity However, a genius working for Edison Nikola Tesla had discovered alternating current Edison viewed alternating current as dangerous As a result, a man with a great business acumen, George Westinghouse lured Tesla to his company in Pittsburgh Tesla also developed the induction motor which needed alternating current t The book describes the battles and struggles that had led to the electrifying of America Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, had discovered direct current electricity However, a genius working for Edison Nikola Tesla had discovered alte...


  6. says:

    I am disappointed and would not recommend this book It was a real chore to complete.Disappointed because author Jill Jonnes picked a topic that should have been a sure thing She obviously immersed herself in the lives of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse and knows the science at least well enough to write about it.The problem with this book boils down to the author The writing, book organization, and length are dreadful First, the organization It helps with a non fiction book like this one to I am disappointed and would not recommend this book It was a real chore to complete.Disappointed because author Jill Jonnes picked a topic that should have been a sure thing She obviously immersed herself in the lives of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse and knows the science at least well enough to write about it.The problem with this book boils down to the author The writing, book organization, and length are dreadful First, the organization It helps with a non fiction book like this one to organize either chronologically my preference or thematically This one is all over the place and it makes it very hard to follow Next, the writing Its tortuous Jonnes seems to believeis always better than less This applies specifically to adjectives, but also to word count in general We also endure repeated character descriptions i.e J.P Morgan s large nose We take turns down bunny trails A few tie into the story, but a number have nothing to do with the story for example, a scandal about Rev Ch...


  7. says:

    This book was fantastic, an entertaining look into the early advent of electricity Part of the strength of the book was in little non sequiturs like this one They would share the nighttime streets with the city s denizens of the dark, including the great army of rag pickers and their dog pulled wooden carts, each licensed to root through the daily refuse for salvageable cloth.which generally made me wantinformation about some unrelated but fascinating topic.Here s a favorite quote from th This book was fantastic, an entertaining look into the early advent of electricity Part of the strength of the book was in little non sequiturs like this one They would share the nighttime streets with the city s denizens of the dark, including the great army of rag pickers and their dog pulled wooden carts, each licensed to root through the daily refuse for salvageable cloth.which generally made me wantinformation about some unrelated but fascinating topic.Here s a favorite quote from the book although credit goes largely to Tesla, rather than the author Tesla understood that many branded him a visionary for his deep belief that in time energy would be easily extracted from the universe around us But he pointed out, We are whirling through endle...


  8. says:

    The story is fascinating Would be a great movie.The writing was pretty brutal.


  9. says:

    Empires of Light is less a history of how the United States became electrified anda biography of three electrical titans Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse as they pursued their own electrical projects in cooperation and bitter conflict All three were passionate, heedless inventors who loved plowing their money in money into new ideas, sometimes at the cost of bankruptcy They differed sharply on the best way to distribute electricity Edison preferred the safe, expensive, and density d Empires of Light is less a history of how the United States became electrified anda biography of three electrical titans Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse as they pursued their own electrical projects in cooperation and bitter conflict All three were passionate, heedless inventors who loved plowing their money in money into new ideas, sometimes at the cost of bankruptcy They differed sharply on the best way to distribute electricity Edison preferred the safe, expensive, and density demanding direct current Westinghouse and Tesla both viewed alternating current which was easy to ramp up the voltage or speed of electricity, and transmit at long distances as farpromising, allowing them to reach places that didn t have the population density of New York City or Pittsburg Alternating current wasdangerous to work with, however, and Edison used his rivals volatility for all it was worth When the State of New York considered using electricity for the death penalty, Edison borro...


  10. says:

    This is a great read, entertaining and certainly educational I love how Jonnes wraps in historical details of the time, and paints a picture of what life was like at the time that the electricity war raged The book t...


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