A great folk hero in American history, Edison is viewed by the public as a facile inventor, the electrical wizard and the perfect symbol of the self-made and practical creator. But he was also a paradoxical figure: deaf, impoverished and with no formal education as a youngster, Edison nevertheless became a fertile and versatile inventor, accumulated fortunes for himself and others but remained indifferent to wealth except as a means towards more inventions. Edison’s key contributions include the carbon microphone, the electric light bulb, electricity distribution systems, the phonograph and the motion-picture camera. Edison’s methods were also remarkable: halfway between the craftsman-tinkerer of the early 19th century and the scientist of today, he established and ran pioneering research laboratories with large staffs, yet lacked training in mathematics or the basic sciences. Matthew Josephson’s Edison: A Biography won the Society of American Historians’Francis Parkman Prize in 1960. “This is an outstanding biography... [Josephson] establishes the developing relationship between finance and invention which constitutes the basis for Edison’s success... [He] has mastered the substance of Edison’s inventive activity and has written of it quite authoritatively and vividly.” — Thomas P. Hughes, Technology and Culture “... It is clear that there is reason to welcome yet another book about a man of whom so much has been written. It must have been precisely because so much in the Edison record is myth, fostered by adulators and by Edison himself that Mr. Josephson turned his skillful, corrective hand to a saga that may have seemed more familiar than it actually is. From his well-presented, well-written findings emerges a giant without whom much of life as we live it would simply not exist. It is a first-rate job that needed doing.” — John K. Hutchens, New York Herald Tribune “A well-researched account of the life of one of America’s authentic folk heroes--Thomas Alva Edison--an original creator with a genius for strategic invention... Thoroughly absorbing, this significant volume is a competent contribution to the history of American science, and gives not only a sharply drawn picture of this self-educated giant of invention, but also of the beginnings of the telegraph, electrical, record, motion picture and automobile industries, as well as the sociological changes that were wrought by Edison’s practical discoveries.” — Kirkus Review “A biography that is dignified, detailed, and objective, sprinkled with moments of humor, pathos, and drama... One of the chief virtues of this book is the care taken by the author to build up a realistic picture of Edison the man.” — F. Garvin Davenport,The American Historical Review

Author Matthew Josephson
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Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2019-07-31
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews Although Thomas Alva Edison was the most famous American of his time, and remains an international name today, he is mostly remembered only for the gift of universal electric light. His invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world—already reeling from his invention of the phonograph and dozens of other revolutionary devices—that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. In all, this near-deaf genius (“I haven’t heard a bird sing since I was twelve years old”) patented 1,093 inventions, not including others, such as the X-ray fluoroscope, that he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. One of the achievements of this staggering new biography, the first major life of Edison in more than twenty years, is that it portrays the unknown Edison—the philosopher, the futurist, the chemist, the botanist, the wartime defense adviser, the founder of nearly 250 companies—as fully as it deconstructs the Edison of mythological memory. Edmund Morris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, brings to the task all the interpretive acuity and literary elegance that distinguished his previous biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Ludwig van Beethoven. A trained musician, Morris is especially well equipped to recount Edison’s fifty-year obsession with recording technology and his pioneering advances in the synchronization of movies and sound. Morris sweeps aside conspiratorial theories positing an enmity between Edison and Nikola Tesla and presents proof of their mutually admiring, if wary, relationship. Enlightened by seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s huge laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey, and privileged access to family papers still held in trust, Morris is also able to bring his subject to life on the page—the adored yet autocratic and often neglectful husband of two wives and father of six children. If the great man who emerges from it is less a sentimental hero than an overwhelming force of nature, driven onward by compulsive creativity, then Edison is at last getting his biographical due.

Author Edmund Morris
Isbn 0679644652
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2019-10-22
Pages 800
Language English
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Gain new insight into the life of quintessential American inventor Thomas Alva Edison with this comprehensive biography. Delving deeply into the personal and professional life of "The Wizard of Menlo Park," author Frank Lewis Dyer offers a fascinating glimpse into Edison's extraordinary mind and remarkable ambition.

Author Frank Lewis Dyer,Thomas Commerford Martin
Isbn 1775418456
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2010-08-01
Pages 940
Language English
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Provides an introduction of Thomas Edison, one of the world's greatest inventors. This book helps inspire kids to be inventors and scientists. Children try Edison's experiments themselves with activities such as making a puppet dance using static electricity, manufacturing a switch for electric current, constructing a telegraph machine, and more.

Author Laurie Carlson
Isbn 1613743041
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2006-02
Pages 160
Language English
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One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison’s inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly! Here’s an accessible, appealing biography with 100 black-and-white illustrations.

Author Margaret Frith,Who HQ
Isbn 110163992X
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2005-12-29
Pages 112
Language English
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Today, let’s meet Thomas Edison and know him as the man with 1093 patents. Looking at the number of patents, you can already tell that Edison was a brilliant inventor. Reading his story will probably give you the boost of self confidence that you need to also follow your own dreams. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab a copy today!

Author Baby Professor
Isbn 1541919963
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2017-12-01
Pages 64
Language English
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Thomas Edison’s greatest invention? His own fame. At the height of his fame Thomas Alva Edison was hailed as “the Napoleon of invention” and blazed in the public imagination as a virtual demigod. Starting with the first public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and extending through the development of incandescent light and the first motion picture cameras, Edison’s name became emblematic of all the wonder and promise of the emerging age of technological marvels. But as Randall Stross makes clear in this critical biography of the man who is arguably the most globally famous of all Americans, Thomas Edison’s greatest invention may have been his own celebrity. Edison was certainly a technical genius, but Stross excavates the man from layers of myth-making and separates his true achievements from his almost equally colossal failures. How much credit should Edison receive for the various inventions that have popularly been attributed to him—and how many of them resulted from both the inspiration and the perspiration of his rivals and even his own assistants? This bold reassessment of Edison’s life and career answers this and many other important questions while telling the story of how he came upon his most famous inventions as a young man and spent the remainder of his long life trying to conjure similar success. We also meet his partners and competitors, presidents and entertainers, his close friend Henry Ford, the wives who competed with his work for his attention, and the children who tried to thrive in his shadow—all providing a fuller view of Edison’s life and times than has ever been offered before. The Wizard of Menlo Park reveals not only how Edison worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age.

Author Randall E. Stross
Isbn 0307394565
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2007-03-13
Pages 384
Language English
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In this book, you’re going to learn about the scientific contribution of Thomas Edison. You will also get a glimpse of the prevalent socio-economic situations that pushed Thomas to tap the world of electricity and become a famous inventor too. With interesting image choices and wonderful layout, this book will soon become one of your child’s favorite. Fifth Grade thomas edison biography,childerns biography books,kids biography books,kids engineer book,edison biography,biography books for kids,biographies for kids,inventor biographies kids,what is a scientist book,celebrity biography books,thomas edison book,thomas edison for kids,kids books thomas edison,thomas edison books,inventor books for kids,electricity kids books,electronic for kids book,electricity book children,edison tesla book,electricity books for kid

Author Dissected Lives
Isbn 154195680X
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2020-12-31
Pages 74
Language English
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Learn about the life of Thomas Edison in this early reader biography. Most people today know Thomas Edison as the inventor of the light bulb—except, he isn’t! In Edison’s time, other inventors were working on the light bulb, but no one could figure out how to keep the light bulb lit. This is where Edison came in. Read and find out all about the real story of Thomas Edison’s life and his many amazing inventions, like the movie camera and the battery for an electric car! Beginning readers will learn about the milestones in Thomas Edison’s life in this Level Two I Can Read. This biography reader includes a timeline and historical photos all about the life of this inspiring figure. Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way is a Level Two I Can Read, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play of Level Two books are proven to help kids take their next steps toward reading success.

Author Lori Haskins Houran
Isbn 0062432893
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2019-11-05
Pages 32
Language English
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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 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.

Author Ernest Freeberg
Isbn 1101605472
Genre Technology & Engineering
Year 2013-02-21
Pages 368
Language English
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Thomas Alva Edison; who transformed his childhood problem of deafness into an exemplary quality of concentration; did not get tired till his last. Despite being deprived of formal education; this great scientist studied literature and science with immense interest; acquired new patents on an average in every 15 days of his active life. Through him; the world entered into the modern era and it led to an onset of consumerism.

Author Vinod Kumar Mishra
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Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 101-01-01
Pages N.A
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It is almost a century since Thomas Alva Edison, the world's greatest inventor, gave the world electric light - and exactly one hundred years since he built the first successful phonograph (forerunner of the gramophone). The man who declared that "genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration," and who on average lodged a patent every two weeks of his adult life, was the most famous American of his day. Only now, however, is it possible to present him clearly against the background of his times and to access fairly his achievements and his often controversial business and working methods. In Edison: The Man Who Made The Future, first published in 1977, Ronald Clark describes the inventors early untutored upbringing, his struggles in the industrial jungle which grew up in the aftermath of the American Civil War, and his vital contributions to what became the motion picture industry. A prolific inventor in his own right, he was also a developer of other men's ideas. A pacifist, he became President of the U.S. Naval Consulting Board in the First World War. Thrusting, enquiring, and determined to leave his mark on history, he was, perhaps, the archetypal American of his era.

Author Ronald Clark
Isbn 1448210275
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2012-12-17
Pages 256
Language English
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Develop an appreciation for the inventions of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Johannes Gutenberg and the Wright Brothers. Their inventions have paved the way for modern technologies in communication, transportation, energy and publishing. More importantly, learn from the determination and other outstanding values these inventors have displayed. Grab a copy today.

Author Dissected Lives
Isbn 1541965027
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2019-04-15
Pages 240
Language English
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This series tells the life stories and achievements of famous men and women in history. Readers will be inspired by the great courage and determination shown by these people.

Author R. Thomas Rodgers
Isbn 9670351820
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2012-07-01
Pages 51
Language English
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Thomas Edison in The My Itty-Bitty Bio series is a biography for the earliest readers. This book examines the life of Thomas Edison in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. The series celebrates diversity, covering women and men from a range of backgrounds and professions. Includes a timeline, primary sources, glossary, and index.

Author Czeena Devera
Isbn 1534130586
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2018-08-01
Pages 24
Language English
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We remember Thomas Alva Edison as the craggy, rumpled inventor of the light bulb and the phonograph - a prodigy, the affable "Wizard of Menlo Park." But he also was a visionary entrepreneur who changed the world. What Edison invented was the modern age. Here is his unforgettable story.

Author Quincy Shaw
Isbn 1612309704
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2016-08-12
Pages 190
Language English
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In September 1878, Thomas Alva Edison brashly—and prematurely—proclaimed his breakthrough invention of a workable electric light. That announcement was followed by many months of intense experimentation that led to the successful completion of his Pearl Street station four years later. Edison was not alone—nor was he first—in developing an incandescent light bulb, but his was the most successful of all competing inventions. Drawing from the documents in the Edison archives, Robert Friedel and Paul Israel explain how this came to be. They explore the process of invention through the Menlo Park notes, discussing the full range of experiments, including the testing of a host of materials, the development of such crucial tools as the world's best vacuum pump, and the construction of the first large-scale electrical generators and power distribution systems. The result is a fascinating story of excitement, risk, and competition. Revised and updated from the original 1986 edition, this definitive study of the most famous invention of America's most famous inventor is completely keyed to the printed and electronic versions of the Edison Papers, inviting the reader to explore further the remarkable original sources.

Author Robert Friedel,Paul B. Israel
Isbn 9780801899447
Genre Technology & Engineering
Year 2010-07-19
Pages 248
Language English
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"Highly readable, worthwhile overviews for young people." -- Booklist "Richly informative...the text is clearly and smoothly written." -- KLIATT Each book in the DK Readers series is specially crafted to suit the interests and learning stages of beginning readers. Thomas Edison: The Greatest Inventor tells the story of the greatest inventor of the modern age, and how his creations have changed our world.

Author Caryn Jenner
Isbn 0756689473
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2007-07-02
Pages 48
Language English
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Unable to hear, Thomas Edison seemed unlikely to become one of America?s greatest inventors, but as a hardworking young man, he wasn?t about to let a minor obstacle stop him. He invented the phonograph, the incandescent lightbulb, and motion pictures, to name but three of his many important inventions. Eventually he was named ?the greatest living American.? Follow Thomas Edison?s life from losing his sense of hearing to losing his hard-earned fortune, in this intriguing biography by Newbery Honor author Sterling North.

Author Sterling North
Isbn 1101022310
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2009-03-19
Pages 192
Language English
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Thomas Edison, world-class inventor. You might know that he devised the electric light bulb and the phonograph. But what about his development of train-controlling sticks? Or his airborne way to send pancakes to his Cousin Fran in Texas? You’re about to be treated to the Lieographical aspects of Thomas Edison’s life, in this funny, lighthearted, “all that didn’t happen” take on the man whose inventions transformed our daily existence. The book ends with a short—but true—account of Edison’s life—just enough to encourage kids to find out more on this important historical figure. But even if readers have already learned about Edison, the wacky stories in this tall-tales book will be even more enjoyable.

Author Alan Katz
Isbn 193910050X
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2020-10-15
Pages 64
Language English
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