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The Age Of Edison

Author : Ernest Freeberg
ISBN : 9781101605479
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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A sweeping history of the electric light revolution and the birth of modern America The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but more than any other invention, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, transforming its inventor into a mythic figure and avatar of an era. In The Age of Edison, award-winning author and historian Ernest Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it and capturing the wonder Edison’s invention inspired. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility in which the greater forces of progress and change are made by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Thomas Edison

Author : Linda Tagliaferro
ISBN : 0822546892
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of the electric lighting system and the phonograph.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Thomas Alva Edison

Author : Gene Adair
ISBN : 9780195087994
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Details the life and work of Thomas Edison, who developed the electric light bulb and over 1000 patents for other inventions and innovations.
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Author : Frank Lewis Dyer
ISBN : 9781775418450
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Gain new insight into the life of quintessential American inventor Thomas Alva Edison with this comprehensive biography. Delving deeply into the personal and professional life of "The Wizard of Menlo Park," author Frank Lewis Dyer offers a fascinating glimpse into Edison's extraordinary mind and remarkable ambition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Wizard Of Menlo Park

Author : Randall E. Stross
ISBN : 0307394565
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Thomas Edison’s greatest invention? His own fame. At the height of his fame Thomas Alva Edison was hailed as “the Napoleon of invention” and blazed in the public imagination as a virtual demigod. Starting with the first public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and extending through the development of incandescent light and the first motion picture cameras, Edison’s name became emblematic of all the wonder and promise of the emerging age of technological marvels. But as Randall Stross makes clear in this critical biography of the man who is arguably the most globally famous of all Americans, Thomas Edison’s greatest invention may have been his own celebrity. Edison was certainly a technical genius, but Stross excavates the man from layers of myth-making and separates his true achievements from his almost equally colossal failures. How much credit should Edison receive for the various inventions that have popularly been attributed to him—and how many of them resulted from both the inspiration and the perspiration of his rivals and even his own assistants? This bold reassessment of Edison’s life and career answers this and many other important questions while telling the story of how he came upon his most famous inventions as a young man and spent the remainder of his long life trying to conjure similar success. We also meet his partners and competitors, presidents and entertainers, his close friend Henry Ford, the wives who competed with his work for his attention, and the children who tried to thrive in his shadow—all providing a fuller view of Edison’s life and times than has ever been offered before. The Wizard of Menlo Park reveals not only how Edison worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Thomas A Edison

Author : Anna Sproule
ISBN : 1567113311
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Details the life and work of Thomas Edison, who developed the electric light bulb and patents for numerous other inventions and innovations.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Empires Of Light

Author : Jill Jonnes
ISBN : 1588360008
Genre : History
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In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation’s most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world’s first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it. Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct current (DC) technology into the hurly-burly of New York City as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating current (AC), thus setting the stage for one of the eeriest feuds in American corporate history, the War of the Electric Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall Street, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, and, finally, the death chamber—Jonnes takes us on the tense walk down a prison hallway and into the sunlit room where William Kemmler, convicted ax murderer, became the first man to die in the electric chair. Empires of Light is the gripping history of electricity, the “mysterious fluid,” and how the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: History

Thomas Edison

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ISBN : 1421542366
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The lives of great figures in history are full of inspiring and moving episodes. Young people especially can learn from these stories, gaining hope, courage, and even hints on how to live their own lives. Children everywhere benefit from reading about the lives of heroic achievers, and indeed, these stories are an important part of their education and growth. Shogakukan Biographical Comics is a series of biographies of inspirational historical figures in an easy-to-read manga format. These books are as fun to read as any manga, but the stories they tell are based entirely on historical fact. Every volume includes a map and a historical timeline, rounding out a package that teaches even as it entertains. The creator of over 1,300 inventions that have shaped our modern world, Thomas Alva Edison was truly the “king of invention.” The movie projector, the phonograph, the storage battery, and the electric light bulb are just a few of the revolutionary devices Edison invented that have enriched our lives and even changed the course of civilization.
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Young Thomas Edison

Author : Sterling North
ISBN : 9781101022313
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Unable to hear, Thomas Edison seemed unlikely to become one of America?s greatest inventors, but as a hardworking young man, he wasn?t about to let a minor obstacle stop him. He invented the phonograph, the incandescent lightbulb, and motion pictures, to name but three of his many important inventions. Eventually he was named ?the greatest living American.? Follow Thomas Edison?s life from losing his sense of hearing to losing his hard-earned fortune, in this intriguing biography by Newbery Honor author Sterling North.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Thomas Edison

Author : Amy Graham
ISBN : 1598450522
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Explores the life and work of Thomas Edison, including his childhood, education, and invention of such items as the phonograph, light bulb, and kinetoscope.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Mediating Modernity

Author : Stefanie Harris
ISBN : 9780271047157
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"An interdisciplinary examination of the responses of literary authors in Germany, from 1895-1930, to the emerging media of image and sound recording"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Literary Criticism

Thomas Edison In West Orange

Author : Edward Wirth
ISBN : 9781439636121
Genre : Photography
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Thomas Edison spent the second half of his life in West Orange, about 10 miles from New York City. There he built his last and largest laboratory, where he developed motion pictures, improved the phonograph, and built an international business empire, earning over half of his 1,093 patents. The five laboratory buildings housed over 100 experimenters busily engaged in invention and innovation. As they turned ideas into commercial products, Edison surrounded the laboratory with factories that employed over 4,000 workers. From the first days, staff photographers documented every aspect of life in this town within a town.
Category: Photography

Edison S Concrete Piano

Author : Judy Wearing
ISBN : 9781554905515
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Not even geniuses get it right the first time . . . An “entertaining” look at the failures of great inventors (Booklist). To achieve great things, you have to be willing to take risks—and as Edison’s Concrete Piano reveals, some of the most famous names in history experienced plenty of flops and face-plants in the course of their careers. Thomas Edison, for example, not only revolutionized the world with the light bulb, but also designed a concrete piano, a nonoperational helicopter made from box kites and piano wire, and a machine to speak to the dead. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, actually devoted most of his time to his sheep farm in Nova Scotia—devising a multi-nippled sheep somewhere along the way. You’ll also read about Leonardo da Vinci’s walk-on-water shoes, George Washington Carver’s miracle peanut cure, and much more. The ludicrous ideas, faulty designs, and offbeat hobbies in this volume will inspire laughs—and serve as a reminder that even the very best minds make mistakes. “Captivating . . . This book is full of lessons for inventors and non-inventors alike.” —Henry Petroski, author of Success through Failure
Category: Technology & Engineering

Thomas Edison Quotes And Facts

Author : Blago Kirov
ISBN : 9782897282066
Genre : Reference
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This book is an anthology of 92 quotes from Thomas Edison and 70 selected by Blago Kirov facts about Thomas Edison. I start where the last man left off. All bibles are man-made. Great ideas originate in the muscles. I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success. Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Thomas Edison was home-schooled. The Edison's kinetoscope was a machine where you put in a coin, look through a peephole in a cabinet, and watch a short motion picture. Thomas Edison reportedly drank "wine coca" - a medicinal tonic made from coca leaves, the same type of coca that cocaine is extracted from - during marathon research sessions that ran into the night. Using a primitive cylinder and foil device, Thomas Edison created the first known recording of a human voice: his own, reciting the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb". Thomas Edison was close friend of Henry Ford. Nikola Tesla briefly worked for Edison as a technician but quit after arguing with Thomas Edison one too many times. Thomas Edison built his own science laboratory at the age of 10. This was built in the basement of his home.
Category: Reference

Thomas Edison

Author : iMinds
ISBN : 9781921761454
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Learn about the life and inventions of Thomas Edison with iMindsJNR audio learning series for younger minds. Imagine a world where you couldn't phone your friends, listen to music or watch movies. This was the world before Thomas Edison's inventions. Edison is one of the greatest inventors in history. He was born in Ohio in America in 1847, the youngest of seven children ...
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We Modern People

Author : Anindita Banerjee
ISBN : 9780819573353
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Science fiction emerged in Russia considerably earlier than its English version and instantly became the hallmark of Russian modernity. We Modern People investigates why science fiction appeared here, on the margins of Europe, before the genre had even been named, and what it meant for people who lived under conditions that Leon Trotsky famously described as “combined and uneven development.” Russian science fiction was embraced not only in literary circles and popular culture, but also by scientists, engineers, philosophers, and political visionaries. Anindita Banerjee explores the handful of well-known early practitioners, such as Briusov, Bogdanov, and Zamyatin, within a much larger continuum of new archival material comprised of journalism, scientific papers, popular science texts, advertisements, and independent manifestos on social transformation. In documenting the unusual relationship between Russian science fiction and Russian modernity, this book offers a new critical perspective on the relationship between science, technology, the fictional imagination, and the consciousness of being modern.
Category: Literary Criticism

Thomas Edison

Author : Carole Marsh
ISBN : 0635015625
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Thomas Edison was a world famous inventor who patented hundreds of inventions in America and Europe. He was also a manufacturer and businessman. A life-long hard worker, Edison serves as an inspiration for many scientists and inventors, young and old. These popular readers include easy-to-read information, fun facts and trivia, humor, activities and a whole lot more. They are great for ages 7-12 (grades 2-6), because although simple, these readers have substance and really engage kids with their stories. They are great for social studies, meeting state and national curriculum standards, individual and group reading programs, centers, library programs, and have many other terrific educational uses. Get the Answer Key for the Quizzes! Click HERE.
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Innovate Like Edison

Author : Michael J. Gelb
ISBN : 9781101213803
Genre : Business & Economics
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Read Sarah Miller Caldicott's posts on the Penguin Blog. Michael J. Gelb, author of the international bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, and Sarah Miller Caldicott, a descendant of Thomas Edison, introduce a revolutionary new system for successful innovation. Bestselling author Michael J. Gelb and Sarah Miller Caldicott introduce a carefully researched, easy-to-apply system of the five success secrets inspired by the creative methods of Thomas Alva Edison. The greatest innovator in American history, Edison set the stage for America’s global leadership in innovation by his focus on practical accomplishment. Now Gelb and Caldicott apply the best practices of this American genius to contemporary business situations to help today’s leaders harness their own innovative potential. Innovate Like Edison is a blueprint for success that will enable executives and entrepreneurs to revitalize their own ingenuity and thrive in today’s culture of innovation.
Category: Business & Economics