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Electrical futures past

Gooday, G. (2005) Electrical futures past. Endeavour, 29 (4). pp. 150-155. ISSN 0160 - 9327

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Futurist writing about technology emerged in the late 19th century at the same time as new kinds of electrical technology were making utopian futures seem practically attainable. Electrical writers and novelists alike thus borrowed from the popular ‘science’ fiction of Jules Verne, Edward Bellamy and others to try to create self-fulfilling prophecies of a future in which electrical gadgets and machines met all major practical needs of civilization. To the extent that many parts of our world are populated by the hardware that they forecast, they succeeded in their goal.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 Elsevier B.V. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Endeavour. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds) > Division of the History and Philosophy of Science (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 09:46
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.endeavour.2005.07.007
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2005.07.007
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3228

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