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Boy Electrician


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ISBN13: 9781559181648
ISBN10: 1559181648
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If there could be only one book chosen as the boy's book of electricity, it would have to be this one. The first edition appeared in 1913 and there were many to follow. This is the 1940 edition, and I know there were later editions.

Here, you get chapters entitled magnets and magnetism; static electricity; static electric machines; voltaic cells and batteries; electromagnetism and magnetic inductions; electrical units; wires and accessories; electrical measuring instruments; bells, burglar alarms and annunciators; telegraphy; microphones and telephones; inductions coils; transformers; wireless telegraphy; radio receiving sets; an experimental "wireless" telephone; electric motors; dynamos; an electric railway; miniature lighting; miscellaneous electrical apparatus.

You may remember having read The Boy Electrician when you were a kid. If not, you missed something. You get practical how-to plans and advice to build and have fun with all kinds of electrical equipment.

You might start with a cork and needle compass, but before long you'll be building a Wimshurst machine, powerful batteries from scratch, galvanometers, voltmeters, ammeters, telegraph keys and sounders, a telephone, a high voltage induction coil, a step-down transformer, wireless telegraphy with a crystal set receiver, vacuum tube receivers including a regenerative, motors and generators, an electric train, a device to convert heat directly into electricity and even a Tesla coil!

The whole book is heavily illustrated and a joy to read. Remember. This is written for boys. You're not going to get detailed design theory. Morgan keeps the discussion light and fun. But these are great projects.

You get a boy's classic book. Books like these aren't published anymore. This is worth having. Lots of great experiments, ideas, and teasers to get the imagination going.

So get off yer butt and get a copy of this. Start building. Even if you sit on the couch, suck a barrel of beer and eat a cubic yard of potato chips like I do anymore, you can still enjoy this.

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t.magnuson, April 11, 2009 (view all comments by t.magnuson)
I'm glad to see this 'classic' reissued. More emphasis needs to be placed on the 'fun' of science fundamentals for young people today.

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Davidfromcali, March 18, 2009 (view all comments by Davidfromcali)
If you spend time at websites like,, etc. this is a must read.

I bought a copy of this book 40 years ago when I first started experimenting with electricity. The reason I rate it so highly is that it is a great place to start to learn about basic electricity and and electrical devices. Anyone one who loves to tinker and invent will appreciate that most of the devices are made from basic materials; wire, nails, wood, bits of metal, cans, etc. Once it sinks in that so much fun and useful stuff can be made from so little you start to think outside the box. It is a good source of inspiration and ideas.

Anyone with even a minimal amount of skill can use this book's ideas but keep in mind it is not composed of carefully laid out plans. If it suggests using a piece of wood it is not likely to say 'it should be exactly this by this'. You'll see you need to use common sense.

A word of warning-the projects are LOW voltage, 6-12 volt is sufficient for the projects unless otherwise specified. Do NOT assume bigger is better when it comes to volts and amps or you may be the dead electrician. Give electrical energy all the respect it deserves, all energy for that matter.

A must have for the low budget home inventor.
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