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Edison : a life of invention

Author: Paul Israel
Publisher: New York : John Wiley, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Through relentless tinkering, by trial and error, the story goes, Thomas Alva Edison perseveres - and changes the world. Working against the common perception of Edison as a symbol of a mythic American past where persistence and individuality yielded hard-earned success, Israel demonstrates how Edison's remarkable career was actually very much a product of the inventor's fast-changing era. Informed by more than five  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison; Thomas Alva Edison
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Israel
ISBN: 0471529427 9780471529422 0471362700 9780471362708
OCLC Number: 38295195
Awards: Society for the History of Technology Sidney Edelstein Prize, 2000.
Description: viii, 552 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Childhood and Education --
Itinerant Telegrapher --
From Operator to Inventor --
A Leading Electromechanician --
Competing Interests --
From Shop to Laboratory --
New Directions --
The Invention Factory --
The Wizard of Menlo Park --
Inventing a System --
From Research to Development --
Inventing an Industry --
Family Matters --
A New Laboratory --
Inventing Entertainment --
Industrial Research --
Competition and Consolidation --
Innovation and Enthusiasm --
A Modern Legend --
Fame in the Family --
The Business of Innovation --
Edison Incorporated --
Inventor-Philosopher.
Responsibility: Paul Israel.
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Through relentless tinkering, by trial and error, the story goes, Thomas Alva Edison perseveres - and changes the world. Working against the common perception of Edison as a symbol of a mythic American past where persistence and individuality yielded hard-earned success, Israel demonstrates how Edison's remarkable career was actually very much a product of the inventor's fast-changing era. Informed by more than five million pages of archival documents, Paul Israel's ambitious life of Edison brightens the unexamined corners of a singularly influential and triumphant career in science. Edison is the only biography to cover the whole of Edison's career in invention, including his early, foundational work in telegraphy. The portrait of Thomas Alva Edison that emerges from this peerless biography is of a man of genius and astounding foresight.

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