ISBN 10: 0674022998 / ISBN 13: 9780674022997
Used / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.95 avg rating
(19 ratings)

Synopsis:

Benjamin Franklin's invention of the lightning rod is the founding fable of American science, but Franklin was only one of many early Americans fascinated by electricity. As a dramatically new physical experience, electricity amazed those who dared to tame the lightning and set it coursing through their own bodies. Thanks to its technological and medical utility, but also its surprising ability to defy rational experimental mastery, electricity was a powerful experience of enlightenment, at once social, intellectual, and spiritual.

In this compelling book, James Delbourgo moves beyond Franklin to trace the path of electricity through early American culture, exploring how the relationship between human, natural, and divine powers was understood in the eighteenth century. By examining the lives and visions of natural philosophers, spectacular showmen, religious preachers, and medical therapists, he shows how electrical experiences of wonder, terror, and awe were connected to a broad array of cultural concerns that defined the American Enlightenment. The history of lightning rods, electrical demonstrations, electric eels, and medical electricity reveals how early American science, medicine, and technology were shaped by a culture of commercial performance, evangelical religion, and republican politics from mid-century to the early republic.

The first book to situate early American experimental science in the context of a transatlantic public sphere, A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders offers a captivating view of the origins of American science and the cultural meaning of the American Enlightenment. In a story of shocks and sparks from New England to the Caribbean, Delbourgo brilliantly illuminates a revolutionary New World of wonder.

About the Author: James Delbourgo is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Book Condition: Used

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

James Delbourgo
Published by Harvard University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books: West
(Reno, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2006. Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP85906583

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 3.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

James Delbourgo
Published by Harvard University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Minden, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2006. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0674022998-2-4

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 13.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

James Delbourgo
Published by Harvard University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Peter L. Masi - books
(MONTAGUE, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: Used - Like New. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2006. 367 pages. 8.5 x 5.5", hardcover, dj. Like New. Seller Inventory # 83150

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 10.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.75
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

James Delbourgo
Published by Harvard University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0674022998

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 10.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

James Delbourgo
Published by Harvard University Press 2006-09-29, Cambridge, Mass. |London (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press 2006-09-29, Cambridge, Mass. |London, 2006. hardback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780674022997

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.40
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

James Delbourgo
Published by Harvard University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0674022998q

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 30.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Delbourgo, James
Published by Harvard University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
New Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2006. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # WH-9780674022997

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.60
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

James Delbourgo
Published by HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2006. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Benjamin Franklin s invention of the lightning rod is the founding fable of American science, but Franklin was only one of many early Americans fascinated by electricity. As a dramatically new physical experience, electricity amazed those who dared to tame the lightning and set it coursing through their own bodies. Thanks to its technological and medical utility, but also its surprising ability to defy rational experimental mastery, electricity was a powerful experience of enlightenment, at once social, intellectual, and spiritual. In this compelling book, James Delbourgo moves beyond Franklin to trace the path of electricity through early American culture, exploring how the relationship between human, natural, and divine powers was understood in the 18th Century. By examining the lives and visions of natural philosophers, spectacular showmen, religious preachers and medical therapists, he shows how electrical experiences of wonder, terror, and awe were connected to a broad array of cultural concerns that defined the American Enlightenment. The history of lightning rods, electrical demonstrations, electric eels, and medical electricity reveals how early American science, medicine, and technology were shaped by a culture of commercial performance, evangelical religion, and republican politics from mid-century to the early republic. The first book to situate early American experimental science in the context of a transatlantic public sphere, A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders offers a captivating view of the origins of American science and the cultural meaning of the American Enlightenment. In a story of shocks and sparks from New England to the Caribbean, Delbourgo brilliantly illuminates a revolutionary New World of wonder. Seller Inventory # AAH9780674022997

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

DELBOURGO JAMES
Published by HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRI DGE MA (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ARD Books
(Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRI DGE MA, 2006. HARD COVER. Condition: FINE. Dust Jacket Condition: FINE. SOME DRAWINGS (illustrator). FIRST. A RARE TITLE AN EXPLORATION OF AMERICA'S SEARCH FOR ELECTRICITY FROM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN THROUGH THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY AND THE METHODS AND MADNESS OF THESE EARLY PIONEERS SOLID CLEAN AND BRIGHT UMARKED GIFT CONDITION A VERY INTERESTING READ IN BRIGHT UNCLIPPED JACKET. Seller Inventory # 006895

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 32.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

James Delbourgo
Published by HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0674022998 ISBN 13: 9780674022997
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2006. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Benjamin Franklin s invention of the lightning rod is the founding fable of American science, but Franklin was only one of many early Americans fascinated by electricity. As a dramatically new physical experience, electricity amazed those who dared to tame the lightning and set it coursing through their own bodies. Thanks to its technological and medical utility, but also its surprising ability to defy rational experimental mastery, electricity was a powerful experience of enlightenment, at once social, intellectual, and spiritual. In this compelling book, James Delbourgo moves beyond Franklin to trace the path of electricity through early American culture, exploring how the relationship between human, natural, and divine powers was understood in the 18th Century. By examining the lives and visions of natural philosophers, spectacular showmen, religious preachers and medical therapists, he shows how electrical experiences of wonder, terror, and awe were connected to a broad array of cultural concerns that defined the American Enlightenment. The history of lightning rods, electrical demonstrations, electric eels, and medical electricity reveals how early American science, medicine, and technology were shaped by a culture of commercial performance, evangelical religion, and republican politics from mid-century to the early republic. The first book to situate early American experimental science in the context of a transatlantic public sphere, A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders offers a captivating view of the origins of American science and the cultural meaning of the American Enlightenment. In a story of shocks and sparks from New England to the Caribbean, Delbourgo brilliantly illuminates a revolutionary New World of wonder. Seller Inventory # AAH9780674022997

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 12 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book