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Electrical engineering: the backbone of society

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Abstract

Engineering has served society throughout the history of mankind. In recent centuries there has been an acceleration of progress, and, especially since the industrial revolution, there has been an emphasis on mechanisation. Discoveries in the 18th and 19th centuries led to a knowledge of electromagnetic phenomenon; in the application of these, the profession of electrical engineering was born. At the present time, society depends on electricity and electrical engineering for almost all its activities, from leisure to business to manufacturing. The paper traces the history of the introduction of electrical equipment and devices that are now taken for granted but on which modern society heavily depends.

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