Electrical appliances. Historical artwork of several 19th-century household electrical appliances. The appliances are a kettle (upper left), a hot water jug (upper right), a hot plate (lower left), and an electric cooker (lower right). Electrical wires provide the electrical power for all the appliances. The principles of electricity were discovered and studied in the 18th and 19th century, and by the end of the 19th century electrical engineers were applying these principles to the design of electrical appliances. All these devices rely on electrical heating elements to boil water and cook food. Artwork from A Travers l'Electricite (G. Dary, Paris, 1900).
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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