The invisible rainbow : a history of electricity and life

Book
Published 2020
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Summary:

"Over the last 220 years, society has evolved a universal belief that electricity is 'safe' for humanity and the planet. Scientist and journalist Arthur Firstenberg disrupts this conviction by telling the story of electricity in a way it has never been told before-from an environmental point of view-by detailing the effects that this fundamental societal building block has had on our health and our planet. In The Invisible Rainbow, Firstenberg traces the history of electricity from the early eighteenth century to the present, making a compelling case that many environmental problems, as well as the major diseases of industrialized civilization-heart disease, diabetes, and cancer-are related to electrical pollution"-- Publisher.

ISBN:
9781645020097
1645020096
Description:
564 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [413]-551) and index.
Contents:
Captured in a bottle
The deaf to hear, and the lame to walk
Electrical sensitivity
The road not taken
Chronic electrical illness
The behavior of plants
Acute electrical illness
Mystery on the Isle of Wight
Earth's electrical illness
Porphyrins and the basis of life
Irritable heart
The transformation of diabetes
Cancer and the starvation of life
Suspended animation
You mean you can hear electricity?
Bees, birds, trees, and humans
In the land of the blind.
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