Sparks Imagination has two related and very
powerful stories to tell. The first is fraught with mystery and
intrigue, shenanigans, mishaps, and elegant hypotheses. There
are roles for kings, philosophers, scientists, entertainers,
presidents, and founding fathers. It is the tale of the
phenomenon known until 400 years ago as, simply, electrum.
The second is how the study of this
electrum—electricity—led to the development of the
communications medium that has saved lives, connected
continents, and delivered information and entertainment into
American homes. Radio united families in their living rooms and
brought the nation together in difficult times.
This one-of-a-kind book examines the early
history of radio and electricity, presented via a marvelous
collection of over 600 photographs of actual apparatus, many of
which have never before been published.
Where Discovery Sparks Imagination brings
science, technology, and American culture to life.
Jenkins is Board President of Spark, the Museum of Electrical Invention, located in Bellingham, Washington, a long time
collector of early radio and scientific apparatus, and a retired
He serves on several boards and is a member of
professional associations including the IEEE and the History of Science
John lectures and writes on topics related to
the history of technology, and in his free time he can be found
in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, hiking with his dog
Available from online and storefront
booksellers nationwide, or order direct from Spark, the Museum of Electrical Invention:
All profits from the sale
of the book go to benefit Spark, the Museum of Electrical Invention, a non-profit organization.