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First Book on Transformer Engineering

First Book on Transformer Engineering

First Book on Transformer Engineering

Transformer was patented in 1885 and this is the 125th anniversary of inventing transformers which changed human life on the globe dramatically  making cheap energy readily available,anywhere.

So far there are 90-100 books published in English language on Transformer Engineering.What is the first book on Transformers?I made a search and my conclusion is it is "History of the Transformer"by F Uppenborn,published by E&F.N.Spon,London in 1889.He was the chief of electro-technical station in Munich and was also editor of a german journal on electrotechnik.He wrote the book first in German and then translated in to English.The 60 page book gives a concise history of the development evolution of transformers from Faraday (1831)to Zipernowsky,Deri and Blathy(1885),the inventors of transformers.He wrote the book after referring to many patents and book is illustrated with many sketches of the original inventions.The book was priced at 3 shillings

In the same year another book was published by the Electrician Printing and Publishing Company in London titled "The alternating current transformer-in theory and practice-vol 1 The induction of electric current" by J A Fleming.Sir Fleming was professor of electrical engineering in University college,London.This 600 page book (by the time of 6th edition in 1900) soon became so popular that it can be considered  the J&P transformer book of 19th centuary.Between 1889 to 1900 several issues(the word edition was not popular at that time)were published revising every time.This book went deep in to the theory and  principles of AC power and followed by a second volume titled "The utilisation of induced currents"in 1892.The 4th issue of the vol 1 was selling at 8 shillings and 2nd issue of vol 2 at 12s6d  in1893.

During those early days of electrical engineering hundreds of books were published  on subjects as wide as lighting,electric traction,electrochemistry,electrical instruments,bells,telegrahy,telephony etc.Some of the titles were also amusing eg "Electricity in the diseases of women"!

RE: First Book on Transformer Engineering

I believe electicity was very usefull in powering devices to help with womens hysteria back around the turn of 19th/20th century.  Until then some doctors experienced serious hand cramps from treating such women.

Now of course, the doctors would get locked up for that kind of thing.

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damn electricity!

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Still used today, if you are refering to ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) Nobody getting locked up yet.

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The swoosh you hear is your post going over my head

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Damn. The modern shower head is the new treatment I guess. elephant2


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