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Cleopatra—a courageous, astute, and captivating lady who spoke many languages, entertained lavishly, hunted, went into conflict, eradicated siblings to consolidate her strength, and held off the specter of Imperial Rome to guard her kingdom so long as she could—continues to fascinate centuries after she governed Egypt. those wide-ranging essays discover such themes as Cleopatra's arguable journey to Rome, her suicide via snake chunk, and the afterlife of her love potions. They view Cleopatra from the Egyptian standpoint, and look at the reception in Rome of Egyptian tradition, specially of its faith and structure. They talk about movies approximately her, and think about what encouraged Egyptomania in early smooth paintings. jointly, those essays light up Cleopatra's legacy and illustrate the way it has been used and reused throughout the centuries.

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Pöschl had trouble adjusting the brushes on the Gramme dynamo, Tesla recalled: “While Prof. Pöschl was making demonstrations, running the machine as a motor, the brushes gave trouble, sparking badly, and I observed that it might be possible to operate a motor without these appliances. But he declared that it could not be done and did me the honor of delivering a lecture on the subject, the conclusion of which he remarked: ‘Mr. Tesla may accomplish great things, but he certainly never will do this.

In one of the classrooms, he found demonstration models of waterwheels and turbines. Fascinated by these devices, Tesla duplicated several and tested them in a local stream. Tesla proudly showed these wheels to one of his uncles, but this uncle did not appreciate the boy’s mechanical ingenuity and scolded him for wasting his time with such activities. Tesla nevertheless continued to think about turbines, and when he read a description of Niagara Falls, he dreamed of using a giant wheel to capture the power of the falls.

First, to generate electricity, they wanted to use rotary motion—­from a hand crank or a steam engine. Conversely, they sought an electric motor that would use electric current to produce rotary motion. Second, investigators came to desire electrical machines that either produced or consumed a current similar to that which came from a battery; they wanted to work with a current that possessed a steady voltage, or what is called direct current (DC). This fascination with DC may have been fostered by the rapid development in the 1840s and 1850s of telegraph systems that sent signals by interrupting a direct current.

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