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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.

Abstract:

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.

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