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Frictional Electricity From "The Saturday Evening Post."   By: (1841-1915)

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Frictional Electricity From "The Saturday Evening Post" by Charles Heber Clark is an engaging and informative read that explores the fascinating topic of electricity, specifically focusing on the concept of frictional electricity. While lacking a specific title, the book's content more than makes up for this minor setback.

Clark delves into the subject matter with enthusiasm, captivating the reader from the very beginning. His writing style is accessible and engaging, making complex scientific principles understandable to both experts and novices in the field. The book offers a comprehensive overview of frictional electricity, covering its historical origins, key discoveries, and practical applications.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Clark's ability to provide a balanced blend of theory and practical examples. He seamlessly weaves historical anecdotes into the scientific explanations, making the concepts more relatable and memorable. Clark's attention to detail is evident throughout, allowing readers to develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

Furthermore, the book's organization is laudable. Clark presents the information in a logical and cohesive manner, making it easy for readers to follow the progression of ideas. Each chapter builds upon the previous one, leading to a comprehensive understanding of frictional electricity. The inclusion of diagrams and illustrations further enhances the reading experience, helping readers visualize abstract concepts and reinforcing key ideas.

One aspect that could be improved is the book's outdated references. Originally published in the late 19th century, some of the examples and terminology may feel disconnected from modern times. However, this does not significantly diminish its value as a resource for learning about frictional electricity.

Overall, Frictional Electricity From "The Saturday Evening Post" is a remarkable book that provides an insightful exploration of frictional electricity. Clark's passion for the subject shines through in his meticulous research and engaging writing style. Whether you are a science enthusiast seeking to expand your knowledge or a curious individual intrigued by the wonders of electricity, this book is an excellent choice for broadening your scientific horizons.

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By Max Adeler

Reprinted by permission of the author, Charles Heber Clark, from "The Saturday Evening Post."

I happened to visit the accident ward of St. Paracelsus' Hospital because a friend of mine who is interested in the Flower Mission asked me to stop there during my afternoon walk and give a few flowers to the sufferers.

When I had arranged the last half dozen of the roses in a vase upon the little stand by the bedside of one bruised and battered patient, he looked at me gratefully, and said:

"Oh, thank you, sir! And would you mind, sir, stopping for a bit of talk? I'm so lonely and miserable."

I sat upon the chair by the bed and with my hand smoothed the counterpane, while the patient asked me:

"Do I really look like a burglar, sir, do you think?"

I hesitated to reply as I examined his face. It was really covered with bandages, but his nose seemed swollen and there were bruises about both eyes.

"I don't wonder you don't like to speak your mind when you see me here a broken wreck, smashed all up and not looking a bit like myself, sir. But if you would see me well and strong and all fixed up for going to church you'd say right off that I don't favor no burglar in looks."

I asked the unfortunate man his name.

"Mordecai Barnes, sir, and I'm a journeyman plumber, sir, with a good character, and don't take no second place in that business with no man... Continue reading book >>

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