The Droning Voice is stating, for the record, that she is EXTREMELY grateful for those pioneering scientists who made it possible not only for her to flip a switch and have a cup of coffee in the morning, but also to flip other switches and have lights AND cool (or warm) air in her very charming abode. Plus her life would be significantly diminished without her battery-powered “Tasmanian Devil” (Looney Tunes) plush toy.
For the record.
She also wants to state, for the record, that she is fairly confident advances in electrochemistry have been made since this compact and extremely informational book was written, so don’t get all up in her face about LED bulbs or the latest efficiency ratings of your massive fridge. A) She doesn’t care, and B) she probably has no idea what you are talking about. The Droning Voice got HER degrees at excellent Liberal Arts universities (in case that wasn’t ludicrously obvious).
This is cutting-edge science from nearly 100 years ago. Fans of “Re-enactments” are welcome to take a look at some of the grainy photographs in the book and re-enact iron ore smelting (or whatever those grim faced men are doing), using really old equipment that may or may not kill them, if that is what they desire to do. The Droning Voice won’t stand in judgment of your insane fantasies. The Droning Voice was somewhat disappointed that the chapter on “Electrolysis” had nothing whatsoever to do with a permanent solution to zapping chin hairs into oblivion, though is certain that this important application of electrical science would be heartily approved of by the author.
There is also an EXAM at the end of the book, with a stern admonishment to “use your own words”. The Droning Voice positively (hah!) assures her listeners that she can answer every single question in this exam, to wit:
“1. How may chemical reactions be classified?” – From what The Droning Voice gathered, those that explode and those that don’t explode.