Electricity Essay

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Electricity

The effects of electricity control much of our daily lives. Many of our gadgets and everyday tasks are run by this wonderful source of power. For example without electricity we would not be able to make a cup of coffee in the mourning, or even make a long distance call to family or friends. There have been several technological breakthroughs by many brilliant people throughout history regarding electricity. It has come from being discovered as a small current to being transformed into useful power to run such things as computers. Ben Franklin, Guglielmo Marconi, Thomas Edison, Paul Nipkow, and Charles Babbage have all contributed to the advancement of electricity, and all of their advancements have supplied society in many
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One invention stands out from the rest and that is the incandescent light bulb. Edison used the current of electricity in a vacuum to produce the wondrous glow called electric light. This invention is now being used to light millions of cities, businesses, and homes all over the world. The invention of the light bulb causes many luxuries that many could not have before. The cost of lighting a home with gas was very expensive, but with the creation of this lighting device, the cost of illuminating a home became very inexpensive. This then led to a whole new industry in lighting products, which led to a booming economy. This invention made it possible for many industries to operate during the night and produce more products and yielded high profits because of it.

Guglielmo Marconi was yet another brilliant Italian scientist that created a powerful electrical transmitter. At the time, that he lived there was only short distance travel of electrical signals. Marconi?s dream was to stretch an electric signal across the Atlantic Ocean without the assistance of wire. First, he did many experiments across the English canal. After he was successful with these trials he put his dream to the test. Marconi tested that dream when he put transmitters two on either side of the ocean where he hoped to receive a signal. He stated that " if i can get a wireless signal across the sea then this meant the very shrinkage of the earth" (Dunlap 88). Shrink the world is exactly what he did.

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