Empires of Light

Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

Author: Jill Jonnes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588360007

Category: History

Page: 432

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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.

Die letzten Tage der Nacht

Author: Graham Moore

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732539822

Category: Fiction

Page: 463

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"Eine geniale Reise in die Vergangenheit" The Washington Post New York, 1888. Thomas Edison hat mit seiner bahnbrechenden Erfindung der Glühbirne ein Wunder gewirkt. Die Elektrizität ist geboren, die dunklen Tage der Menschheit sind Vergangenheit. Nur eine Sache steht Edison und seinem Monopol im Weg, sein Konkurrent George Westinghouse. Zwischen den beiden Männern entbrennt ein juristischer Kampf, es geht um die Milliarden-Dollar-Frage: Wer hat die Glühbirne wirklich erfunden? Und wer hat also die Macht, ein ganzes Land zu elektrifizieren? Der NEW YORK TIMES-Bestseller jetzt auf deutsch! Graham Moore, der für sein Drehbuch für den Film "Imitation Game" mit einem Oscar ausgezeichnet wurde, ist mit "Die letzten Tage der Nacht" ein packender historischer Roman gelungen, der auf wahren Ereignissen beruht.

Empires of Light

Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

Author: Jill Jonnes

Publisher: Singapore Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 416

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A riveting chronicle of scientific history recounts the race among three great titans of the Gilded Age--inventor Thomas Alva Edison, creator of the incandescent light bulb; eccentric genius Nikola Tesla; and George Westinghouse, a tough entrepreneur and powerful empire builder--to bring electricity to the world. 30,000 first printing.

Warum haben Männer Brustwarzen?

drängende Fragen, die Sie Ihrem Arzt erst nach dem dritten Martini stellen würden

Author: Mark Leyner,Billy Goldberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442154081

Category:

Page: 204

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Kriegsrat

Author: Alan Dean Foster

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 9783404243563

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

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Walker und der sprechende Hund George sind wieder frei ? vorerst. Mit Hilfe neuer Freunde konnten sie ihre außerirdischen Entführer überlisten. Nun sind die beiden viele Lichtjahre von ihrer Heimat, der Erde, entfernt. Noch voller Aufregung bestaunt Walker die hochgradig fortschrittliche Welt seiner Retter ? schließlich ist er der erste galaktische Reisende seiner Spezies. Doch tief in seinem Innersten zieht es ihn nach Hause. Aber wo liegt sein Heimatplanet eigentlich? Und wie soll er je dorthin zurückfinden? Die Lösung für sein Problem liegt in einem ungewöhnlichen Weg: Er muss Delikatessen für außerirdische Gaumen bereiten ?Zweiter Teil der neuen Trilogie von Bestsellerautor Alan Dean Foster

Carl von Siemens

1829-1906

Author: Martin Lutz

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406645445

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 415

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Drei Brüder waren es, die zusammen mit ihrem Partner Johann Georg Halske ab Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts aus der kleinen Berliner «Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske» eine Weltfirma machten: Werner, Wilhelm und Carl von Siemens. Martin Lutz legt die erste Biographie des jüngsten der drei Brüder vor und liefert damit gleichzeitig eine anschaulich geschriebene Frühgeschichte der Firma Siemens, deren heutiges Selbstverständnis wesentlich mit auf diesen Pionier der Globalisierung zurück geht. «Ich scheine von der Natur für große Unternehmungen geschaffen zu sein, denn wo ich bis jetzt hingekommen, ist stets großes entstanden», schrieb Carl im Jahr 1888 an Werner. Tatsächlich war er es, der maßgeblich dazu beitrug, das internationale Telegrafengeschäft von Siemens & Halske aufzubauen. In Paris gründete der 23-Jährige 1852 die erste Beteiligungsgesellschaft des Unternehmens außerhalb Deutschlands. Drei Jahre später sollte sich der russische Telegrafenbau unter seiner Führung sehr positiv entwickeln; er war zeitweise der wichtigste Geschäftszweig des Hauses. In den späten 1860er Jahren war Carl im Kaukasus am Bau der spektakulären Indo-Europäischen Telegrafenlinie von London nach Kalkutta beteiligt. Von London aus bereitete er wenige Jahre später die Verlegung des ersten Transatlantik-Kabels des Unternehmens vor; die er 1874/75 an Bord des Dampfers «Faraday» persönlich leitete. Auch über das elektrotechnische Kerngeschäft hinaus entfaltete Carl von Siemens eine große unternehmerische Energie – und ging dabei erhebliche finanzielle und persönliche Risiken ein: Im Kaukasus betrieb er eine der größten Kupferhütten Russlands, auch war er ein Wegbereiter der europäischen Erdölförderung. Als Siemens & Halske 1897 in einer Aktiengesellschaft aufging, wurde Carl Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender eines der weltgrößten Elektrounternehmen.

Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician

Author: Richard Cadena

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1134698836

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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The application of electricity for the theatre or a concert stage is not the same as for a residence or commercial building. Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician provides you with the fundamentals of theory of electricity as well as the latest guidelines and tips for how to stay safe, current and meet the needs of the entertainment industry. Written by an ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program) trainer this reference supports practicing technicians and provides new technicians the assistance needed for a successful career in the entertainment industry. * The only reference on electricity for the entertainment industry professional! * Written by an ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program) trainer and seasoned professional * Free additional practice problems and animations at www.electricityentertainmenttech.com

War of the Currents

Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla

Author: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 1467701408

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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In the early 1880s, only a few wealthy city dwellers enjoyed electric lighting in their homes. Everyone else had to make due with dirtier and more dangerous lighting technology, such as kerosene lanterns and gas lamps. Eager companies wanted to be among the first to supply electric power to more Americans. The early providers would set the standards—and they would reap great profits. Inventor Thomas Edison already had a leading role in the industry: he had invented the first reliable electrical light bulb. By 1882, his Edison Electric Light Company was distributing electricity using a system called direct current, or DC. But an inventor named Nikola Tesla challenged Edison. Tesla believed that an alternating current—or AC—system would be better. With an AC system, one power station could deliver electricity across many miles, compared to only about one mile for DC. Each inventor had his backers. Business tycoon George Westinghouse put his money behind Tesla and built AC power stations. Meanwhile, Edison and his DC backers said that AC was dangerous. They said that AC could easily electrocute people, so it should power the newly invented electric chair. Edison believed this negative association would sway public opinion toward DC power. The battle over which system would become standard became known as the War of the Currents. This exciting book tells the story of that war, the people who fought it, and the ways in which both kinds of electric power changed the world.

Blattgeflüster

Die wunderbare Welt der Pflanzen. Aus dem Leben einer leidenschaftlichen Forscherin

Author: Hope Jahren

Publisher: Ludwig

ISBN: 3641114381

Category: Science

Page: 416

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Eine hinreißende Geschichte über Pflanzen, Liebe und die Wissenschaft Hope Jahren hat das, wovon viele Menschen träumen: einen Beruf, der ihr Herz und ihr Leben erfüllt. Seit sie denken kann, ist die Geo-Biologin fasziniert von der Natur – von Pflanzen, Bäumen, Blättern, Samenkörnern und den unglaublichen Geschichten, die sie uns erzählen, sogar noch in fossiler Form. Wie ist es beispielsweise möglich, dass ein Kirschkern hundert Jahre lang geduldig warten kann, bis er sich auf einmal dazu entscheidet zu keimen? Hope Jahrens Werdegang von der kindlichen Forscherin zur angesehenen Wissenschaftlerin, die sich trotz zahlreicher Hindernisse in einer Männerwelt behauptet, ist eine inspirierende und mitreißende Geschichte voller Leidenschaft, Durchhaltevermögen und ewiger Neugierde. Ein wunderbares Gleichnis über die Kraft der Natur und die Freude des Entdeckens, das einen ganz neuen Blick auf die Pflanzenwelt eröffnet. Seite für Seite. Blatt für Blatt. Für die New York Times ist Hope Jahrens »Blattgeflüster« eines der 100 besten Bücher des Jahres 2016.

A Grand Complication

The Race to Build the World's Most Legendary Watch

Author: Stacy Perman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439190089

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 343

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"The race between two ambitious, complicated men in the early 1900s to create the most extravagant, complicated timepiece ever"--

Twitter

Eine wahre Geschichte von Geld, Macht, Freundschaft und Verrat

Author: Nick Bilton

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593399067

Category: Political Science

Page: 335

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Kontakt zu Freunden halten - das ist eine der Ideen hinter Twitter. Doch einer der Gründer erreichte für sich persönlich das Gegenteil: Intrigen machten aus Kumpeln bittere Feinde. "New York Times"-Reporter Nick Bilton hat darüber jetzt ein Buch geschrieben. Twitter wächst, trotz technischer Probleme, aber wer sich dafür näher interessiert, ist bei Nick Bilton falsch aufgehoben: Hier geht es um die Egokämpfe und Machtspiele, nicht um Feinheiten der Serversteuerung oder der Medienrevolution.

How We Got to Now

Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

Author: Steven Johnson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698154509

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

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From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Farsighted, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.

Thomas Alva Edison Der Erfinder

Author: Franz Pahl

Publisher: Wentworth Press

ISBN: 9780270471847

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 118

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Open Borders to a Revolution

Culture, Politics, and Migration

Author: Jaime Marroquin Arredondo,Adela Pineda Franco,Magdalena Mieri

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1935623222

Category: History

Page: 289

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Open Borders to a Revolution is a collective enterprise studying the immediate and long-lasting effects of the Mexican Revolution in the United States in such spheres as diplomacy, politics, and intellectual thought. It marks both the bicentennial of Latin America’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, an anniversary with significant relevance for American history. The Smithsonian partnered with several institutions and organized a series of cultural events, among them an academic symposium whose program was envisioned and developed by the editors of this volume: “Creating an Archetype: The Influence of the Mexican Revolution in the United States.” The symposium gathered scholars who engaged in conversation and debate on several aspects of U.S.-Mexico relations, including the Mexican-American experience. This volume consolidates the results of those intellectual exchanges, adding new voices, and providing a wide-ranging exploration of the Mexican Revolution.

Global Issues

Selections From CQ Researcher

Author: Cq Researcher

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412980372

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 2005

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This lively collection of 12 contemporary articles covers core debates within the broad topic globalization and inspires students to think critically and analytically about issues that impact their lives. This reader is distinguished by its particular focus on up-to-date policy concerns and legal implications of the topics discussed. Unlike more traditional readers, Global Issues exposes students to a journalistic approach to controversial sociological topics, inviting them to consider and debate the real-world relevance of course concepts. About CQ Researcher Readers In the tradition of nonpartisanship and current analysis that is the hallmark of Congressional Quarterly,CQ Researcher titles investigate important and controversial policy issues. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for more than 80 years. Each article gives substantial background as well as current analysis of the issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material: A Pro/Con box that examines two competing sides of a single question A detailed chronology of key dates and events An annotated bibliography and Web resources Outlook sections that address possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years Photos, charts, graphs, and maps

Thomas A. Edison

The Man who Lit Up the World

Author: Martin Woodside

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402749551

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 124

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A biography of America's most famous inventor Thomas Edison.