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Thomas Edison : success and innovation through failure

Author: Ian Wills
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019]
Series: Studies in history and philosophy of science (Dordrecht, Netherlands), v. 52.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book develops a systematic approach to the role of failure in innovation, using the laboratory notebooks of America's most successful inventor, Thomas Edison. It argues that Edison's active pursuit of failure and innovative uses of failure as a tool were crucial to his success. From this the author argues that not only should we expect innovations to fail but that there are good reasons to want them to fail.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)1110487836
Named Person: Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Wills
ISBN: 3030299406 9783030299408
OCLC Number: 1135210171
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Chapter 1. Introduction --
Part I: Edison and Failure Chapter --
2. Success, Failure and Innovation: the Carbon Microphone --
Chapter 3. Failure and Success --
Chapter 4. Innovation and Systems --
Chapter 5. Innovation Must Fail --
Chapter 6. Catastrophic Failure --
Part II: Edison Science and Invention --
Chapter 7. Inventive Success: the Phonograph --
Chapter 8. Scientific Failure: Etheric Force --
Part III: Edison's World --
Chapter 9. Thomas Edison and Patents --
Chapter 10. The Edisonian Method: Trial and Error --
Part IV: Reversing Edison --
Chapter 11. Reverse Engineering --
Chapter 12. Epilogue --
Bibliography --
Notes.
Series Title: Studies in history and philosophy of science (Dordrecht, Netherlands), v. 52.
Responsibility: Ian Wills.

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This book develops a systematic approach to the role of failure in innovation, using the laboratory notebooks of America's most successful inventor, Thomas Edison.  Read more...

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