Bringing Electricity To The Masses Essay

1132 words - 5 pages

It was not very long ago that as night descended the cities, towns, and homes of the world fell into darkness as well. Lit by candles, oil lamps, gas lamps, and open flame, the light put off by these flames was not very bright and also had the down fall of producing fumes, smoke, and ash. “The electric light was little more than a novelty for the wealthy and only had small scale applications where only a few bulbs would be needed.” (Flatow 11) If we think about how dependent on electricity we are today, it becomes difficult to imagine the world as we know it without it. Our cars, computers, cell phones, almost every facet of our modern life involves electricity. It wasn’t till a young scientist; Thomas Alva Edison had the idea to create a light bulb with a corresponding electrical system, that affordable electricity and lighting could be conceived, so with the help of his fellow scientist and not to mention some controversy, Edison worked tirelessly in his lab in Menlo Park to bring electricity to America and the World.
“Edison began tinkering with the electric light in November of 1877, but he had not been the first to invent the incandescent light bulb. In fact for some forty years prior to Edison’s attempt, inventors from all across the globe, from France and England to Russia and America all had attempted to produce a bulb that could illuminate brightly while also being safe.” (Jones 55) Most met with the same results. A working model that would burnout too quickly, was not safe, or produce too dim or too bright of a light. Edison’s early attempts too met with the same type of results. He experimented in both incandescent and arch lighting . The arch lights required a large amount of electricity to pass between electrodes and produced a blinding light, making it less feasible for use in homes. An advantage Edison research did have over the others was he arrived later in the game. He was able to study the trial and errors of his colleagues and succeed where they had failed. “Another advantage for Edison was that he decided to build his light bulb around an entire electrical system of his own design. He would design and produce generators to supply electricity with integrated fuses to regulate and control it.” (Flatow 11) Once the system which would power his bulb was designed he began work on designing the bulb itself.
The young inventor began to experiment with different filament materials and shapes. He soon discovered that no matter what he tried the filament would melt shortly after a current was run through it. To resolve this Edison had developed “a thermal regulator to prevent the incandescing element of his lamp from melting” says biographer and Edison scholar Paul Israel (Jones 55-56) What this meant was as the filament heated up, the regulator would turn the light off briefly to allow it to cool. This gave Edison the confidence to announce that he had made a breakthrough, though he had not perfected the type of material used to...

Find Another Essay On Bringing Electricity to the Masses

The Role of Ethics in Bringing Extinct Species Back to Life

1434 words - 6 pages Bringing Them Back to Life, an article written by Carl Zimmer for National Geographic April 2013 edition, discusses the possibilities in modern science to clone and revive species that have been driven to extinction in the past ten thousand years (445). Throughout this article, the author makes use of the rhetorical devices logos, ethos, and pathos to argue to an audience that humans have an obligation to revive species which have been

To what extent was the policy of deregulation in the energy market responsible for the California electricity crisis?

3761 words - 15 pages electricity crisis. This crisis was directly related to the 'deregulation' of the Californian energy market in 1998. During this crises there were several 'rolling blackouts' and very high prices for electricity.While in Economics class we were shown a documentary film called Enron: The Smartest Guys in The Room, this film investigates the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation and its participation in the California crisis. I was immediately

The Effectiveness of Economic Planning in Bringing About Stability and Progress in Germany in the Years 1933 to 1941

4882 words - 20 pages The Effectiveness of Economic Planning in Bringing About Stability and Progress in Germany in the Years 1933 to 1941 Hitler succeeded in creating a German economy which allowed him to dominate Europe by 1941. During this period Hitler was successful in stabilizing the Germany economy and progressing towards an economy which would prepare Germany for war. Cited in Mein Kampf and Zweites Buche are Hitler's four main aims

"The Best Revenge" by Stephen White book report, web of characters bringing about different perspectives to the reader.

1723 words - 7 pages details of the story. These details come through different characters' perspectives and experiences, which then enables the reader to interpret the story to his own understanding. Dr. Alan Gregory, Tom Clone and Kelda James are just three of the characters whose perspectives are viewed in this novel.Dr. Alan Gregory, a local psychologist in Denver Colorado, is unknowingly pulled into solving a puzzle between two of his clients; FBI agent Kelda James

Star Wars. Essay proving that the US was incapable of bringing it to life. Speaks of the economy, technology and treaties and political obligations

1265 words - 5 pages During the mid 1980's, American president Ronald Regan introduced the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI), which the press quickly shortened to Star Wars. The purpose of Star Wars was to create a shield over America through which no nuclear weapon could pass. As then Senator Nunn (A supporter of SDI), once said ' I don't think anything in this country is technically impossible. We have a nation that can indeed produce miracles'. The purpose of

Response and Summary to the Article “Hot, Flat, and Crowded”

929 words - 4 pages First of all Tomas Friedman is trying to say that giving energy and giving the ability to produce energy independently in Africa would end many problems. With Africa producing energy independently that would end the ressecion and Africa’s poverty, both normal and energy poverty. Bringing energy to Africa would not end every problem but it would be the first step. Mr. Friedman is saying that none of the problems can be solved in Africa if

Irrationalism

606 words - 2 pages technological prosperity, enhanced by this flourishing nationalism, that the emergence of yet another industrial revolution began, bringing such new technologies as electricity, huge advances in mass media, transportation and a barrage of other inventions fueling this great transformation. Mass education was rampant and the literacy rate rose dramatically. Populations doubled and even tripled with an influx of people moving into the cities to

Electricity

834 words - 3 pages Every single day we use electricity to make the things around us work. From the tape player to the electric pumps that send hot water to each of our homes everyday. Without electricity the lights go off, water is not heated, the television goes off, and outside the traffic lights do not work and as a result the city is immediately congested with traffic jams and choke ups in the street. Without that electricity we have everyday the basic things

Alternative Energy

1293 words - 6 pages fossil fuel use, normally high carbon dioxide emissions, an important factor in global warming. Historians of economies have examined the key transitions to alternative energies and regard the transitions as pivotal in bringing about significant economic change. Before the shift to an alternative energy, supplies of the dominant energy type became erratic, accompanied by rapid increases in energy prices.Wind energy is one kind of alternative

Electricity Policy Reform and Responsible Government in India

1676 words - 7 pages federal states are given a certain amount of leeway to accommodate for the population’s heterogeneity, the central government maintain a great amount of power for purpose of holding the nation together. As India has developed, one of its focuses has been the energy sector and increasing Indian citizens’ access to electricity. The government has historically carried a large influence over India’s vital electricity sector,. Electricity is a

The Story of Electricity

1993 words - 8 pages In a recent newspaper article (Guernsey electricity supply ‘more’ expensive in May 2012) it stated that electricity costs are going to increase and supplies would become unreliable or erratic. It is obvious that this will cause a considerable distress and discomfort for the residents of Guernsey because electricity is needed for warmth and lighting. The purpose of this essay is to describe how and why electricity has become such an important

Similar Essays

Bringing Electricity To The Masses Essay

2599 words - 10 pages needed” (Flatow 11). Inventors were designing and building bulbs that required expensive precious metals such as platinum, making it next to impossible for an average consumer to afford such commodities. If we think about how dependent on electricity the world is today, it becomes difficult to imagine life as we know it without electricity. Our cars, computers, cell phones, cooking, heating, manufacturing, etc… every facet of our modern life

Using Fear To Control The Masses

1374 words - 5 pages Fear is an emotion brought on by danger, evil, or pain. Sometimes the threat is real and sometimes it can be imagined. A person who is walking through a dark alley in the middle of the night may experience fear because they do not know whether or not it is safe to continue on. The fear of the unknown is also expressed in 1984, The Lottery, and Harrison Bergeron. The government in 1984 uses fear to control the masses. They set strict rules but

The Reasons Behind The Difficulties Of Bringing Peace To The Middle East

1840 words - 7 pages The Reasons Behind the Difficulties of Bringing Peace to the Middle East A major source of conflict in the Middle East during the last fifty years has been the dispute between Arabs and Jews over Palestine. For hundreds of years, the great majority of the people living in Palestine were Arabs. But at the end of the nineteenth century some Jews in Europe were becoming increasingly bitter about growing anti-Semitism. They

Personal Understanding Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells Being The Future To Generating Electricity

698 words - 3 pages , unlocking why everything behaves the way it does. With the hydrogen fusion project in construction and the recent use of hydraulic fracturing which has caused environmental and social dispute, I chose to undertake the extended project qualification related to this, energy, as chemistry leads these efforts. In my EPQ, I discuss whether hydrogen fuel cells are the future to generating electricity. The project has improved my primary and secondary