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|Friday, 27 March 2009 16:00|
Philip F. Schewe is a distinguished physicist and playwright with a keen appreciation for technical ingenuity. In his book, The Grid, he illuminates how electricity has catalyzed both the best and worst of modernity since Thomas Edison devised the first electrical network in 1882. Even as the grid delivered light and mechanization, foremost minds like Westinghouse, Tesla and Insull continued to refine it, creating a society totally dependent on its invisible wonders. In the 1965 Northeast blackout, for example, New York shut down for lack of a product that barely existed half a century before. The grid's complexity demands predictability, Philip shows, but even a minor short circuit can trigger a system-wide avalanche. Peppering his narrative with quotations from cultural critics Lewis Mumford and Henry David Thoreau, he argues that, economically, "we can't afford to throw away two-thirds" of energy as waste, and explains how nuclear and renewable resources can reduce pollution. Philip also explores how Africa and Asia's dearth of electricity affects the participation of impoverished people in society. The more dependent we become on electricity to perform even the most mundane daily tasks, the more the grid's inevitable shortcomings will take their toll on populations globally. A system built in such a way that the bigger it gets, the more inevitable its collapse!
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