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Simon Schaffer: The evolution of the battery, 3 June 2004

Volta: Science and Culture in the Age of Enlightenment 
by Giuliano Pancaldi.
Princeton, 381 pp., £22.95, June 2003, 0 691 09685 6
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... electric fish. The ironies, contingencies and oddities of this story provide the main theme of Giuliano Pancaldi’s book. In 1800, Pancaldi writes, ‘the battery had only limited useful applications,’ yet it ‘paved the way for technological developments that would modify an entire civilisation’. He takes ...

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