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A fresh look at electricity and its powerful role in life on Earth

When we think of electricity, we likely imagine the energy humming inside our home appliances or lighting up our electronic devices - or perhaps we envision the lightning-streaked clouds of a stormy sky. But electricity is more than an external source of power, heat, or illumination. Life at its essence is nothing if not electrical.

The story of how we came to understand electricity's essential role in all life is rooted in our observations of its influences on the body-influences governed by the body's central nervous system. Spark explains the science of electricity from this fresh, biological perspective. Through vivid tales of scientists and individuals - from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk - Timothy Jorgensen shows how our views of electricity and the nervous system evolved in tandem, and how progress in one area enabled advancements in the other. He explains how these developments have allowed us to understand - and replicate - the ways electricity enables the body's essential functions of sight, hearing, touch, and movement itself.

©2021 Timothy J. Jorgensen (P)2021 Tantor

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  • aaron
  • 27-12-21

This book is OUTSTANDING

This book pleasantly surprised me. It's a popular science book about a subject I never knew could be so fascinating. The stories the author weaves throughout the narrative are compelling and relevant. This is definitely a top-5 science books of the year!

Narrator is excellent.

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  • 10-01-22

The best book on electricity.

If you like good story telling and a good walk through electric history then this is the book for you. The way the author is thorough in his explanations of our modern understanding of this electro-magnetic phenomenon is unmatched. I especially liked the way he ties the early experiments and experimentors together in such a way that the big picture comes into HD focus. Don't take my word for it take his. p.s. the narration is amazing