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7 Overall

8 Importance

7 Innovation

7 Style


Recommendation

If you think electric cars are new, think again. Inventor Thomas Edison developed batteries to run cars in 1902. Then a funny thing happened: Gas-powered cars captured the public’s imagination. But gasoline prices, pollution and the politicization of oil sales are causing increased public interest in alternative fuels and people are again becoming interested in electric cars. Popular Science senior editor Seth Fletcher provides a fast-paced story about the battery-driven factors that could reshape the world auto industry, explains how drivers can electrify their cars’ energy needs and suggests how the industrialized world can turn away from oil. getAbstract recommends Fletcher’s timely, well-told overview to those who seek a glimpse into an oil-free future.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the electric battery evolved;
  • Who the major figures in the auto and battery industries were; and
  • How current science involving alternative batteries may affect the future demand for carbon-based fuels.
 

About the Author

Seth Fletcher is a senior editor at Popular Science magazine.

 

Summary

A Shocking History
The Greek philosopher, Thales of Miletus, discovered electricity in 600 BC, when he noticed that rubbing amber with a cloth magnetically attracted feathers. Amber, or “electron” in Greek, showed the same magnetic properties as ion-laden stones containing iron. After...

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