In the late 1880's, trade journals in the electrical
sciences were predicting "free electricity" in the near future.
Incredible discoveries about the nature of electricity were becoming
Within 20 years, there would be automobiles, airplanes, movies,
telephones, radio, and practical cameras. For the first time in
people were encouraged to envision a utopian future filled with
transportation and communication, as well as jobs, housing and food
for everyone. So what happened? Where did the new energy breakthroughs
this excitement about free electricity all just wishful thinking
science eventually disproved?