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Edison : a life of invention.

Author: Paul Israel
Publisher: New York ; Chichester : Wiley, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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: Biographies
Named Person: Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Israel
ISBN: 0471362700 9780471362708
OCLC Number: 42912800
Notes: Originally published: 1998.
Description: viii, 552 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 25 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 --


This biography of Thomas Edison (1847-1931) studies and evaluates his career as an inventor and explores in detail how he created inventions that shaped the 20th century, including the electric  Read more...


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