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The Autobiography of an Electron

The Autobiography of an Electron by Charles R. Gibson
By: (1870-1931)

"While many scientific men now understand our place in the universe, we electrons are anxious that every person should know the very important part which we play in the workaday world. It was for this reason that my fellow-electrons urged me to write my own biography. I am pleased to say that my relationship with the scribe who has put down my story in the following pages has been of the most friendly description. I have allowed him to place what he calls "The Scribe's Note" at the beginning of each chapter, but it will be understood clearly that these are merely convenient embellishments, and that I am responsible for the story of my own experiences." (Introduction adapted from the text)

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ELECTRON

[Illustration: A WELL KNOWN PHENOMENON PRODUCED BY ELECTRONS

Photo

The Fleet Agency

A sudden discharge of electrons from cloud to cloud, or from cloud to the earth, constitutes what we call "lightning."]

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ELECTRON.

Wherein the Scientific Ideas of the Present Time Are Explained in an Interesting and Novel Fashion

by

CHARLES R. GIBSON, F.R.S.E.

Author of "Scientific Ideas of To Day," "Electricity of To Day" "The Romance of Modern Electricity," &c. &c.

Illustrated

Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott Company London: Seeley & Co. Limited 1911

PREFACE

Although text books of science may appear to the general reader to be "very dry" material, there is no doubt that, when scientific facts and theories are put into everyday language, the general reader is genuinely interested. The reception accorded to the present author's Scientific Ideas of To day bears out this fact. While that volume explains, in non technical language, the latest scientific theories, it aims at giving a fairly full account, which, of course, necessitates going into a great deal of detail... Continue reading book >>


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