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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Mikamar Publishing (May 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977285138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977285136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magnificent description of electricity in space. Authors Thornhill and Talbott offer a sweeping critique of today's popular cosmology. They show that galaxies, stars (including our Sun), and comets can be best understood through the well-tested behavior of electricity the one force about which astronomers seem to know almost nothing. Having now devoted many years to investigating this question, I am in full agreement. --Donald E. Scott, professor of electrical engineering (retired)

The last 150 years have seen immense progress in the understanding of electrical phenomena. Nevertheless, the conventional cosmology taught today remains essentially a theory of gravity. "The Electric Universe" presents an alternative theory that recognizes electrical forces as the dominant influence in shaping the universe, and a major factor in determining much of our cultural and historical experience. Based on well-understood principles that can be observed and demonstrated in any plasma laboratory, the electrical model also offers ready explanations for processes that continue to puzzle astronomers today. Compelling, highly readable, and superbly illustrated, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to what will surely be the beginnings of a scientific revolution in the years ahead. --James Hogan, science/SF author

On a plane back to London I read The Electric Universe from cover to cover (the light above my seat was the only one that remained on throughout the night). What a masterpiece. Each single sentence is absolutely spot-on and well formulated. This is just such a powerful textbook the potential and logic of the electric universe theory leaps off every page. The omission of mythological and other ancient data from the argument will undoubtedly help to forestall accusations of using 'tales and stories' to bolster a scientific theory. The book also conveys a strong impression that this theory has reached full maturation; it's not the incoherent ranting of someone exploding with a lot of new ideas, but obviously the fruit of many years of careful thinking and making associations. The soberness of tone and the lavish illustrations strike the right chord and I find it hard to imagine a reader who would not find the argument compelling. I have nothing to contend with concerning the main argument. --Rens van der Sluijs

About the Author

David Talbott Comparative mythologist whose work offers a radical new vantage point on the origin of ancient cultural themes and symbols. His research has been the primary catalyst behind the "Saturn Model," and is the subject of the feature documentary, "Remembering the End of the World." Author of The Saturn Myth and co-author (with Wallace Thornhill) of Thunderbolts of the Gods Wallace Thornhill Australian physicist. His work on "The Electric Universe" provides the broadest synthesis of electrical principles to date. It offers a new vantage point on solar system history, planetary cratering and scarring, the dynamics of the sun, and the nature of galaxies. Wal is a senior editor for the Picture of the Day feature on www.thunderbolts.info.

Customer Reviews

Read this book and you will never, ever be able to look at the universe in the same way again.
Fred L. Houpt
This book is written in a no nonsense style but is easy to read and without the need for a PhD in physics to understand it.
MJB
I highly recommend all three of these wonderful books to anyone who has the slightest interest in astronomy.
Eric Dahmen

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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gmirkin VINE VOICE on July 8, 2007
I've recently read several other books of interest, including Arp's Seeing Red, Lerner's The Big Bang Never Happened, Thornhill & Talbott's other work Thunderbolts of the Gods and Scott's The Electric Sky.

These are all rather excellent works of science by folks who know what they're talking about, and don't need to resort to "dark matter," "dark energy," "black holes," "neutron stars" or other fictitious entities to explain the workings of the universe.

Rather they go about it from an electrical / plasma (ionized matter with electrical properties) point of view. In this way, "surprising" features from the "standard model" point of view are demystified as simple electrical / plasma phenomena known from lab experiments and electrical theory dating as far back as Birkeland, Alfven, CER Bruce, Juergens and a host of others.

It's time that good science make its way back into physics and astronomy. It's also time that abstract maths be put in their place as a tool and NOT as a prime mover and shaker. Science should be based first on observation {!}. That's exactly what Thornhill and Talbott do in The Electric Universe. They *observe* the universe *as it is* and then apply known electrical and plasma processes to explain it.

The material is accessible to the layman.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J.H. on January 20, 2008
This book is insightful and expansive. It is expansive in the terms of being able to lend the reader other good resources to discover for themselves the idea and arguments. It also allows the reader to indeed investigate on their own. The data that is given within the book on plasma and electricity are not unfounded. Just take a electromagnetic or electrical engineering class to find out if what they say is way off basis or not. And if classes are too expensive for you there are plenty of good textbooks on the subjects, of course not based in a cosmology setting. The comparisons between what is seen in everyday electrical work and in space is actually quite stunning and should not be ruled out because of its simplicity or because it might be associated with one of the author's interest in mythology/anthology.

The gentleman that argued the issue over the diagrams and pictures is missing the point of the book. This book is for laymen and a good author does not drown out lay-people with fancy mathematics such as Maxwell's equations, you introduce the concept to them via qualitative and visually appealing means. If you want something more engulfed in the heavier mathematics or physics try Anthony Peratt's book "The Physics of the Plasma Universe" or Don Scott's book "The Electric Sky". Both of those go far more into the physics of the concept without resorting to mythology. Thornhill and Talbott print their sources in the book just so you have the ability to double check their statements and conclusions.

Also, his issue with "home-made" charts is a bad argument as well. All the charts are credited.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tresman on July 7, 2007
This is a great read, explaining the largely overlooked importance of electricity in astronomy. Space is not a non-conductive vacuum, but highly-conductive tenuous plasma which generates its own magnetic and electric fields, the latter influencing charged particles up to 10^43 times more strongly than gravity.

In this view, the Universe is threaded with filamentary electric currents, from those in the Sun's flares, to the currents flowing through the Solar System (interplanetary current sheet), to the Birkeland currents that flow through the ionosphere, to the currents flowing between Jupiter and its moon, Io, and the currents that must flow out along the spiral arms of galaxies since that's what rotating plasmas must do!

The book is very easy to read, and recommended together with Don Scott's The Electric Sky, and the the authors' earlier book, Thunderbolts of the Gods + DVD
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Louis Blois on January 18, 2008
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Having studied astronomy and having followed the A to Z of it for decades, I must say that I have never encountered anything as original, sweeping, and compelling as the ideas presented in Thornhill and Talbott's "Electric Universe".

Mainstream astronomy offers a wealth of extravagant theories but with a paucity of observable evidence to back them up. "Electric Universe" points up these glaring absences and contradictions and presents a set of far more plausible plasma-oriented interpretations.

Thornhill and Talbott point to mainstream astronomy's naive assumption that space is electrically neutral everywhere. Plasma physics, as has been demonstrated in numerous laboratory experiments, offers a more viable explanatory model than the gravitation-based theories that have dominated 20th Century astronomy. The fact that the electric force is 39 orders of magnitudes stronger than the gravitational force is reason enough for it to be included, at least considered, as a significant influence in shaping the course of the universe. I am astonished that the electric force-based ideas as presented in this book are being systematically overlooked by mainstream astronomers, and even by popular trade magazines. You may well join me in asking, What has happened to science as an open dialogue and a selection of theories that best fits the evidence?
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