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The Age of Edison : Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America

Author: Ernest Freeberg
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014. ©2013
Series: Penguin history of American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest Freeberg
ISBN: 0143124447 9780143124443
OCLC Number: 849718969
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: 354 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Inventing Edison --
2. Inventing electric light --
3. Civic light --
Creative destruction: Edison and the gas companies --
4. Work light --
5. Leisure light --
6. Inventive nation --
7. Looking at inventions, inventing new ways of looking --
8. Inventing a profession --
9. The light of civilization --
10. Exuberance and order --
11. Illumination science --
12. Rural light --
Epilogue. Electric light's golden jubilee.
Series Title: Penguin history of American life.
Responsibility: Ernest Freeberg.

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