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The languages of Edison's light

Author: Charles Bazerman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1999.
Series: Inside technology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Charles Bazerman tells the story of the emergence of electric light as a story of symbols and communication. He examines how Edison and his colleagues represented light and power to themselves and to others as the technology was transformed from an idea to a daily fact of life. He looks at the rhetoric used to create meaning and value for the emergent technology in the laboratory, in patent offices and courts, in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas A Edison; Thomas Alva Edison
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Bazerman
ISBN: 026202456X 9780262024563
OCLC Number: 40359487
Awards: Winner of Winner in the category of History of Science & Technology, 1999 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. 1999
Description: 416 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
How the Edison Papers Are Cited --
Credit for Illustrations --
Introduction --
I. The Opening Scene --
1. Edison's Front-Page Story --
II. Establishing Meanings in Evolving Systems --
2. The Public Stage of News --
3. Finances for Technological Enterprises --
4. Menlo Park: The Place of Invention --
5. Patents as Speech Acts and Legal Objects --
6. Professional Presence: Edison in the Technical Press --
7. A Place in the Market --
III. Making It Real: The Rhetoric of Material Presence --
8. Boasts, Deceptions, and Promises --
9. The Menlo Park Demonstrations --
10. Fairs and Exhibitions: Museums of the Future --
11. Lighting New York: Urban Politics and Pedestrian Appearances --
IV. Establishing Enduring Values --
12. Patent Realities: Legal Stabilization of Indeterminate Texts --
13. Charisma and Communication in Edison's Organizations --
14. The Rhetoric of Capital Investment: Solvency, Profits, and Dividends --
15. The Language of Flowers: Domesticating Electric Light --
Symbolic Invention: Making Meaning in Typified Activity Systems --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Inside technology.
Responsibility: Charles Bazerman.

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