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The Story of Great Inventions (Paperback) Loot Price: R306
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The Story of Great Inventions (Paperback): Elmer Ellsworth Burns

The Story of Great Inventions (Paperback)

Elmer Ellsworth Burns

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...Niagara furnish current for motors in Buffalo and other cities. One great scientist, who no doubt foresaw the wonders of electricity which we know so well to-day, said that the greatest discovery of the nineteenth century was that the Gramme machine is reversible. The First Electric Railway The electric railway was made possible by the invention of the dynamo and the discovery that the dynamo is reversible. At the Industrial Exposition in Berlin in 1879 there was exhibited the first practical electric locomotive, the invention of Doctor Siemens. The locomotive and its passenger-coach were absurdly small. The track was circular, and about one thousand feet in length. This diminutive railway was referred to by an American magazine as "Siemens' electrical merry-go-round." But the electrical merry-go-round aroused great interest because of the possibilities it represented (Fig. 54). The current was generated by a dynamo in Machinery Hall, this dynamo being run by a steam-engine. An exactly similar dynamo mounted on wheels formed the locomotive. The current from the dynamo in Machinery Hall was used to run the other as a motor and so propel the car. The rails served to conduct the current. A third rail in the middle of the track was connected to one pole of the dynamo and the two outer rails to the other pole. A small trolley wheel made contact with the third rail. The rails were not insulated, but it was found that the leakage current was very small, even when the ground was wet. The success of this experiment aroused great interest, not only in Germany, but in Europe and America. America's greatest inventor, Edison, took up the problem. Edison employed no trolley line or third rail, but only the two rails of the track as conductors, sending the curre...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: May 2012
Authors: Elmer Ellsworth Burns
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 50
ISBN-13: 978-1-152-48311-8
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-152-48311-0
Barcode: 9781152483118

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