Mistakes in Books.... Have you ever been reading a book by an auther you enjoy and found to your amazement that they made a mistake with regard to some rather simple bit of knowledge or history? I just remembered this while poking fun at brits in another thread. William Gibson wrote a book called Pattern Recognition where the main character starts the novel in London and is musing on the differences between the UK and the US. She notes the use of Direct Current in England and jokes to herself that the only thing in the US that still uses DC is the electric chair. And she (William Gibson really) is wrong. The electric chair was designed to use AC. It was a manuever by Edison during the 'Current Wars' to paint AC power as dangerous. Edison had even lobbied congress to make the legislation enacting execution by electrocution specify the use of AC. It was also a great blunder since the first man to be executed by electrocution actually had to be run through with current twice before he died. How does Gibson not know this? And why would he make a point of it not knowing? I thought it was a bit disappointing.