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I really love this book. It is causing me to rethink a great deal of my own work. I am convinced that The Electric Sky deserves the widest possible readership.... I felt genuine excitement while reading and felt I was delving into a delicious feast of new ideas. --Gerrit L. Verschuur, PhD, University of Manchester. A well-known radio astronomer and writer, presently at the Physics Department, University of Memphis. He is the author of "Interstellar matters : essays on curiosity and astronomical discovery".

You don't have to be an astronomer to enjoy this book. It's an exciting story about how a small group of physicists, engineers and other scientists have challenged the establishment, the big science astronomers who are reluctant to listen to anyone outside their own elite circle. --Lewis E. Franks, PhD, Stanford University, Fellow of the IEEE (1977), Professor Emeritus and Head of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts (Retired)

It is gratifying to see the work of my mentor, Nobel Laureate Hannes Alfvén enumerated with such clarity. I am also pleased to see that Dr. Scott has given general readers such a lucid and understandable summary of my own work. --Anthony L. Peratt, PhD, USC, Fellow of the IEEE (1999), former scientific advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy and member of the Associate Laboratory Directorate of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is the author of Physics of the Plasma Universe

About the Author

The author earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Following graduation he worked for General Electric in Schenectady, NY, and Pittsfield, MA. He earned a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, and was a member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst from 1959 until his retirement in 1998. During that time he was the recipient of several good-teaching awards. He was, at various times, Assistant Department Head, Director of the undergraduate program, Graduate admissions coordinator, and Director of the College of Engineering s Video Instructional Program. In 1987, the McGraw-Hill Book Company published his 730-page textbook, An Introduction To Circuit Analysis A Systems Approach. He has authored numerous scientific papers and chapters, and is a lifelong amateur astronomer.


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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mikamar Publishing; 1 edition (November 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977285111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977285112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gmirkin VINE VOICE on April 26, 2007
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Don Scott puts forth some very interesting observations and explanations on the topic of electrical interactions in space.

While this topic is currently taboo in "standard" cosmology, it is quite a necessary step in the right direction if we are to understand many of the most puzzling discoveries in space during the current technological revolution in the sciences.

We see "magnetic fields" everywhere in space (around stars, black holes, nebulae, etc.), yet standard astronomers tend to ignore or sideline or outright DENY the existence of the electric fields that MUST give rise to or co-exist with the magnetic fields.

Have they forgotten that James Clerk Maxwell integrated our understanding of magnetism with our understanding of electricity? Where one exists, so too by nature exists the other. Turn a magnet in a coil of conductive wires to produce an electric current. Run an electric current through a coil of wires to produce a magnetic field. This understanding MUST make its way into space sciences, or all is for naught. Even if the truth ends up being painful or embarrassing to the "standard model."

This book is a must-read for astronomers, cosmologists, skeptics, and the open-minded public at large. If you like this book, you may also be interested in the following titles: Seeing Red: Redshifts, Cosmology and Academic Science,
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hightower on February 2, 2008
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I hear time and time again that people should attend an introduction physics class and throw this book into the trash. I hear it far too often from people who have only given a brief skim of the book and who are not well versed in electromagnetism. Don Scott is a respectable professor who has taught electrical engineering classes for decades. To state the man has no education within science is pure slander and is a poor argument. I am an electrical engineer myself and everything Dr. Scott has written upon electricity is accurate and correct. His theory on the nature of electricity in space is up for debate, and if, like me, you come from a foundation in the traditional it would be difficult to grasp. Give it a sincere read and double check with both sides of the argument. You might just find something that expands your intrigue into doubting all that is feed to you, both inside and out of academia.

Dr. Scott is not just whistling Dixie when he makes his observations. The interactions that occur in space are very, and having noticed them myself, very similar to electrical systems. Plasma is a fairly new concept within physics and it is just recently that much of its behavior has been recorded in labs. Having talked to plasma researchers they describe much of what Dr. Scott does but without the knowledge of his theories. I am confident that these researchers are not off their rockers.

One issue I have noticed over the years is the tendency for people in different fields of science to segregate themselves. It is not done to be rude or elite, it just happens to be how the nature of the field goes. Most research does not require such collaboration, and so respective specialties keep to themselves.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Chris Reeve on April 24, 2007
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Don Scott's "The Electric Sky" presents a very serious challenge to mainstream cosmology. Most space science enthusiasts are unaware that traditional cosmologists believe that laboratory plasma physics do not scale to universe-sized phenomenon. In the laboratory, matter within the plasma state has electrical resistance and conducts electricity very well. But mainstream cosmologists insist that despite decades of experimentation with laboratory plasmas that space plasmas can be modeled as fluids because they allege that the plasmas instantaneously neutralize charge imbalances and have frozen-in-place magnetic fields. Few space enthusiasts or even modern-day cosmologists are aware that Hannes Alfven, the man who largely originated these concepts, warned during his Nobel Physics Prize acceptance speech in the 1970's that these concepts were in fact "pseudo-pedagogical" -- ideas that superficially appear to help, but in fact cause great harm to our understanding of the universe. His warnings were overwhelmingly ignored even as it was discovered that plasma constitutes the large majority of what we observe to be the universe. The end result has been that astrophysics has increasingly become reliant upon particles and forces that are largely divorced from common sense and laboratory experimentation in order to account for the extraordinarily strong electrical forces that plasma can exert. By properly modeling plasma in space as an electrical phenomenon, many of the mysteries of the universe bear an uncanny resemblance to phenomenon we've observed within laboratory plasma physics. Don Scott does a superb job of explaining the theory in terms that anybody can understand.
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