For those who found this article interesting, I cannot recommend enough taking a tour of the Niagara Falls power plant on the Ontario side of the Falls. I took my kids there last summer and it was an amazing experience.

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Your comments about moving from central power and line shafts is well taken.

This trend continues.

Manufacturing machines used to have a single large motor driving a dozen or more internal functions via mechanical linkages.

In the past 20-30 years much of that has been replaced by small, miniature and micro Servo motors.

1function - 1 motor

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Studied nuclear power in the navy in 68, generated DC power and steam propulsion on a ship in late 60s early 70s. Developed a famous cogen project (alcon) in the 80s and generally always been interested in things electric.

Excellent article, looking forward to more.

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Fascinating article. And thanks for the bibliography. If you had to recommend a single best summary book among that list, what would it be?

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Thorough and well done. I was surprised at the number of light bulb attempts before Edison.

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