Book Review – The Electric Universe by David Bodanis


This isn’t a new book – published in 2005 – but it is an enjoyable read. It covers the history of electricity from the early 1800s to the late twentieth century and tells the stories of its impact on discoveries and inventions including batteries, light bulbs, telegraph, electric motors, and radio to radar, transistors, computers, and neurotransmitters. These are all great stories for anyone trying to bring new information technology ideas to life – it reminds us that its as much about the technology itself as it is the personalities involved and the politics of where these ideas are born.