When asked to define the electric light, we immediately think of the artificial lighting produced by incandescent and gas-discharge lamps. But in the past, the electric lamps had a rather different form. About 1870, electric lighting was based on carbon-arc devices powered by magneto-electric generators. We find an interesting and detailed description of this technology in an essay written by Jacob Abbott, an American writer of children's books, and published by Harperâ€™s Magazine in the August Issue of that year. From this Abbottâ€™s essay, we start our discuss of the electric lighting system of the 19th century.
History of Physics, History of Engineering, Carbon-Arc Light, Electromagnetism
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