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A lecture by Joseph Swan

Read this report from The Times (26th November 1880).

Question 1

What is it about?

Question 2

Who was Joseph Swan?

Question 3

Look at the following picture from Domesticating Electricity and read the caption.

Question 4

What is the picture of and how does it relate to the article in The Times?

Question 5

Who was Sir William Armstrong?

Question 6

Why do you think Swan wanted Armstrong to adopt his system of electric lighting?

Question 7

Are there any factors that you should take into account, such as the debate about electricity?

Why?

Question 8

Given what you’ve just read and learnt about Edison, does anything about The Times report surprise you? Try reading these articles- what do they tell you about these issues?

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