To Defy the Laws of Tradition

The idea that governments and religions should “tremble at an air pump or an electric machine,” is not an idea that is meant to be taken literally. Rather, Priestley’s quote plays at the idea that new innovations in science and industry challenge the conservative nature of world governments and religious authority. This can be exemplifiedContinue reading “To Defy the Laws of Tradition”

Discussing changes in Historical Methods Over Time

Author: Devan W. Eastman-Pittam In The Invention of Air (Johnson, 2008, p. 18-19) electricity was thought of as a parlor trick with things like shows where you see a strung up kid have floating hair from static before it was put to use in new technology like light bulbs and the telegram but now isContinue reading “Discussing changes in Historical Methods Over Time”