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|Additional Physical Format:||sky253697079|
|Named Person:||Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison|
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Ernest Freeberg; OverDrive, Inc.
|Description:||1 online resource.|
|Contents:||Introduction : inventing Edison --
Inventing electric light --
Civic light --
Creative destruction : Edison and the gas companies --
Work light --
Leisure light --
Inventive nation --
Looking at inventions, inventing new ways of looking --
Inventing a profession --
The light of civilization --
Exuberance and order --
Illumination science --
Rural light --
Electric light's golden jubilee.
|Series Title:||Penguin history of American life|
"The Age of Edison places the story of Edison's invention in the context of a technological revolution that transformed America and Europe in these decades. Edison and his fellow inventors emerged from a culture shaped by broad public education, a lively popular press that took an interest in science and technology, and an American patent system that encouraged innovation and democratized the benefits of invention. And in the end, as Freeberg shows, Edison's greatest invention was not any single technology, but rather his reinvention of the process itself. At Menlo Park he gathered the combination of capital, scientific training, and engineering skill that would evolve into the modern research and development laboratory. His revolutionary electrical grid not only broke the stronghold of gas companies, but also ushered in an era when strong, clear light could become accessible to everyone"--
- Edison, Thomas A. -- (Thomas Alva), -- 1847-1931.
- Edison, Thomas A. -- (Thomas Alva), -- 1847-1931 -- Contemporaries.
- Technological innovations -- United States -- History.
- Technological innovations -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
- Electric lighting -- United States -- History.