This nonfiction reader shines a light on Thomas Edison and his greatest invention—the lightbulb! As a curious child who was always asking questions, it's no wonder Thomas Edison grew up to become a famous, prolific inventor. This easy-to-read nonfiction story follows Edison from his time in school to his career as a full-time inventor. While it focuses on his groundbreaking creation of the lightbulb, this illuminating account also details other important innovations of his, like the phonograph and the microphone. Edison's discoveries will fascinate and inspire all curious young minds!

Author Patricia Brennan Demuth
Isbn 0451532821
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2016-07-19
Pages 48
Language English
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Blast off and explore the star of our solar system—the Sun! Billions of stars fill the universe. But for humans, the most important star is the one closest to Earth—the Sun. From vitamin D to solar energy, the Sun provides the power necessary to sustain life on our planet. And as the center of our solar system, the strong gravitational pull from this ball of burning gas keeps all the planets in orbit. Discover the significance of the Sun and its brilliant blaze in this fascinating book!

Author Patricia Brennan Demuth
Isbn 0515157023
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2016-10-11
Pages 32
Language English
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In this first in-depth study of how historic scientists and inventors have been portrayed on screen, The Hollywood History of Science and Technology catalogs nearly 300 separate performances and includes essays on the screen images of more than 80 historic scientists, inventors, engineers, and medical researchers.

Author A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Isbn 0810881292
Genre Performing Arts
Year 2011-09-15
Pages 342
Language English
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Great leaders have a great deal to teach those of us who aspire to leadership. But their lessons are as diverse and sometimes contradictory as the leaders themselves; we have to pick and choose among them, matching our own talents, temperament, and shortcomings with those of the models we aim to copy. Here are studies of six business titans of the recent past who offer a wide range of precepts for leadership: Warren Buffett, the most successful investor in history, who combines vast wealth with honesty, unfeigned modesty, and self-deprecating wit; Walt Disney, the great entertainer, who promoted family values but was also a tyrannical micro-manager; Thomas Alva Edison, the world's most prolific inventor, who gave us the phonograph, the incandescent light, the electric generator, and motion pictures; Katharine Graham, who earned world fame as the courageous publisher whose Washington Post led the fight to uncover the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from the White House; Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and genius who dazzled the world with the revolutionary iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad; and Ray Kroc, the late-blooming entrepreneur who built McDonald's into the world's biggest fast-food restaurant chain. No reader will follow all of their precepts, but all six offer vital lessons for anyone who wants to be a leader.

Author Will Peters
Isbn 1640190473
Genre Business & Economics
Year 2017-03-23
Pages 255
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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Julie L. Davis and Suzanne Harrison Today's corporations are always on the lookout for exciting new andinnovative ideas that can be used to generate revenue. Up untilrecently, this meant taking these ideas and turning them intoproducts or services, which could then be sold for profit. Buttoday, a unique new concept is revolutionizing the way companiesare getting value from ideas. Instead of incorporating them intoproducts or services, today's innovations may be bartered, licensedor sold in the "idea" stage for tremendous amounts of money. Forexample, IBM currently receives well over $1 billion in revenueevery year from licensing its intellectual property, unrelated tothe manufacture of a single product. Today more and more companiesare adopting this idea of turning their legal departments, whereintellectual property is housed, from cost centers into profitcenters. Edison in the Boardroom: How Leading Companies Realize Value fromTheir Intellectual Assets takes an in-depth look at therevolutionary concept of Intellectual asset management (IAM). IAMis changing the way companies all over the world are doingbusiness. In their careers as business consultants, the authorshave been privileged to meet individuals who were clearly ahead oftheir time when it came to realizing value from their companies'innovations. Based on their interactions with the ICM Gathering--aninternational group of companies who meet several times a year tocreate, define and benchmark best practices in the area of IAM--theauthors have compiled a wealth of knowledge and successful storiesthat illustrate how far businesses have come in their ability toleverage and monetize their intellectual assets. Incorporating stories and teachings from some of the mostsuccessful companies in the worlds -- such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM,Procter & Gamble, Rockwell, Dow, Ford and many others -- theauthors have made an exhaustive study of IAM and its implicationsfor today's businesses. They have culled a hierarchy of bestpractices that today's companies can integrate into their ownbusiness philosophies to gain the best return from theirintellectual assets.

Author Julie L. Davis,Suzanne S. Harrison
Isbn 0471217352
Genre Business & Economics
Year 2002-04-08
Pages 224
Language English
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100 Discoveries presents the greatest 100 breakthroughs in science and technology, medicine and the major areas of human endeavour over the past 10,000 years. Learn about the development of agriculture in 10,000 BC, the discovery of genomics and the uravelling and manipulation of genes in living things, amoung many ither discoveries explained in Peter Macinnis' insightful and engaging text.

Author Peter Macinnis
Isbn 1742662129
Genre History
Year 2009-02-01
Pages 319
Language English
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Voilà ce qu’il faut que tu saches : en Amérique, la destruction du corps noir est une tradition – un héritage. Je ne voudrais pas que tu te couches dans un rêve. Je voudrais que tu sois un citoyen de ce monde beau et terrible à la fois, un citoyen conscient. J’ai décidé de ne rien te cacher. "Je me suis demandé qui remplirait le vide intellectuel après la mort de James Baldwin. Sans aucun doute, c’est Ta-Nehisi Coates... Une lecture indispensable." Toni Morrison, Prix Nobel de Littérature. National Book Award 2015

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
Isbn 2746743450
Genre Social Science
Year 2016-01-27T00:00:00+01:00
Pages 210
Language English
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Why exactly is Paul Revere revered? Was the lightbulb really Thomas Edison's bright idea? * Best-selling author Leland Gregory employs his masterful wit to expose historical myths, faux "facts," strange events, and tales of human stupidity throughout history. If it would shock you to learn that Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, you'll appreciate this take on hundreds of historical legends and debacles. Historians and humorists alike may be surprised to learn that: * Samuel Prescott made the famous horseback ride into Concord, not Paul Revere. * As a member of Parliament, Isaac Newton spoke only once. He asked for an open window. * On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the U.S., thus starting the Spanish-American War. The U.S. declared war the very next day, but not wanting to be outdone, had the date on the declaration changed from April 25 to April 21. With these and many other stories, leading humorist Leland Gregory once again highlights both the strange and the funny side of humankind.

Author Leland Gregory
Isbn 9780740792106
Genre Humor
Year 2009-06-15
Pages 320
Language English
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"George de Mestral, ingénieur de formation, part en ce début d'après-midi pour une chasse à pied dans les bois proches de sa demeure, accompagné de son chien. De retour chez lui après une chasse infructueuse, il constate avec désagrément que de nombreuses petites graines de bardane se sont fixées à son pull-over, à son pantalon en velours et au pelage de son chien. S'appliquant à les enlever, il s'étonne du pouvoir "collant" de ces petites boules qui semblent s'accrocher avec force. [...] A ce moment, George de Mestral ne le sait pas encore, mais sa curiosité, transformée en innovation, va révolutionner l'univers de la fixation, de la fermeture et des vêtements. Il va vendre des millions de mètres de Velcro à travers le monde." Cet ouvrage s'adresse à tous ceux qui aspirent à innover, étudiants, porteurs de projet, managers, entrepreneurs, chefs d'entreprise, créateurs, inventeurs, artistes, citoyens... A travers le récit de 21 épisodes de l'épopée humaine, découvrez et appropriez-vous ces principes, ces habitudes créatives et ces jeux d'innovation qui vont vous permettre de devenir les innovateurs d'aujourd'hui et de demain. Postface de Paul-François Fournier - Directeur Exécutif Bpifrance Innovation "Une exceptionnelle plongée dans ces petits et grands épisodes de la riche histoire de la créativité et de l'innovation [...] à mettre entre les mains du plus grand nombre." Jean-Yves Le Gall - Président du CNES "Un passionnant ouvrage qui nous reconnecte à une vision humaine de l'innovation." Paul-François Fournier - Directeur Exécutif Bpifrance Innovation

Author Cyril de Sousa Cardoso,Jean-Christophe Messina
Isbn 2212597231
Genre Business & Economics
Year 2017-11-09
Pages 224
Language English
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Saviez-vous que... À l'origine, Augustus Gloop s'appelait Augustus Pottle? Les Oompa-Loompas auraient pu s'appeler Whipple-Scrumplets? Les cabosses du cacao sont aussi grosses que des ballons de rugby? Roald Dahl voulait se débarrasser des professeurs d'histoire et les remplacer par des professeurs de chocolat? Voilà quelques-uns des secrets épatants que vous allez découvrir ici!

Author Roald Dahl
Isbn 2075065896
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2016-09-01T00:00:00+02:00
Pages 128
Language English
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From Darkness To Light is a gripping tale of the events surrounding the invention of the electric light by Thomas A. Edison and the plot to sabotage the invention. Based upon on the historical facts, this page-turning narrative is told through the love story of Rockwell Kent who discovers his lover, Fiona Wakefield, is in life-threatening danger because of her involvement in a plot to either steal or sabotage Edison's invention. A controversial scientific undertaking right from the start, the novel reveals the frustrations, failures and successes of the invention and answers the intriguing question of why the powerful financier, J. P. Morgan, would agree to finance the experiments of the young, self-taught, and mercurial Edison who audaciously claimed he had discovered a key principal of electricity that had eluded the leading scientists of the time. In short, this is an against-all-the-odds story of the birth of the age of electric power and modern technology.

Author Thomas Gillen
Isbn 9781469790541
Genre Fiction
Year 2003-09-29
Pages 360
Language English
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Does your imaginative, computer-proficient daughter tune out in the classroom? Does your spirited son become headstrong and aggressive when faced with the simplest decisions? Does your bold, energetic child have trouble focusing on basic tasks? Millions of children--one in five--have what psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D., calls the Edison trait: dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy. Named after Thomas Edison--who flunked out of school only to harness his talents and give the world some of its finest inventions--the Edison trait is on the rise in our younger generation. The heart of the issue is that they think divergently--they overflow with many ideas--while schools, organized activities, and routines of daily living reward convergent thinking, which focuses on one idea at a time. Drawing on examples from more than two decades of private practice, Dr. Palladino helps us cope with this challenging aspect of our child's intellect and personality, explaining in clear terms: - The three Edison-trait personality types: dreamers, discoverers, and dynamos - The eight steps to understanding, reaching, and teaching your Edison-trait child - The connection between the Edison trait and A.D.D.

Author Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D.
Isbn 0307775380
Genre Education
Year 2010-12-01
Pages 336
Language English
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The Independent Inventor Most persons have at some time in their lives invented somethin- perhaps a gadget for making some task easier or a method for increas ing the economy of an everyday operation. Aside from a certain degree of personal satisfaction, the great majority of these inven tions have never yielded their creators any amount of real return. In many instances, the fault has been with the inventor himself, who made little or no effort beyond writing down the bright idea. In a significant number of cases, however, the problem has arisen from a general lack of knowledge of what to do about a promising idea. The individual who works full time in a non-technical job usually has no guidance for proceeding in a logical, professional way towards effec tive development and utilization of his invention. Several other factors are responsible for the considerable waste we see in the handling of inventions. Perhaps the most significant of these factors is an incomplete awareness of prior art. A stenographer dreams up a device to facilitate the distribution of incoming mail. She feels that the idea is so simple that others must have patented it long ago and so she goes no further with the concept. At the other extreme is the garage mechanic who invents a new type of wrench.

Author Gilbert Kivenson
Isbn 1468466291
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2012-12-06
Pages 240
Language English
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“An unusually engaging book on the forces that fuel originality across fields.” --Adam Grant Looking at the 14 key traits of genius, from curiosity to creative maladjustment to obsession, Professor Craig Wright, creator of Yale University's popular “Genius Course,” explores what we can learn from brilliant minds that have changed the world. Einstein. Beethoven. Picasso. Jobs. The word genius evokes these iconic figures, whose cultural contributions have irreversibly shaped society. Yet Beethoven could not multiply. Picasso couldn’t pass a 4th grade math test. And Jobs left high school with a 2.65 GPA. What does this say about our metrics for measuring success and achievement today? Why do we teach children to behave and play by the rules, when the transformative geniuses of Western culture have done just the opposite? And what is genius, really? Professor Craig Wright, creator of Yale University’s popular “Genius Course,” has devoted more than two decades to exploring these questions and probing the nature of this term, which is deeply embedded in our culture. In The Hidden Habits of Genius, he reveals what we can learn from the lives of those we have dubbed “geniuses,” past and present. Examining the lives of transformative individuals ranging from Charles Darwin and Marie Curie to Leonardo Da Vinci and Andy Warhol to Toni Morrison and Elon Musk, Wright identifies more than a dozen drivers of genius—characteristics and patterns of behavior common to great minds throughout history. He argues that genius is about more than intellect and work ethic—it is far more complex—and that the famed “eureka” moment is a Hollywood fiction. Brilliant insights that change the world are never sudden, but rather, they are the result of unique modes of thinking and lengthy gestation. Most importantly, the habits of mind that produce great thinking and discovery can be actively learned and cultivated, and Wright shows us how. This book won't make you a genius. But embracing the hidden habits of these transformative individuals will make you more strategic, creative, and successful, and, ultimately, happier.

Author Craig Wright
Isbn 006289272X
Genre Business & Economics
Year 2020-10-06
Pages 336
Language English
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Building on his national bestseller The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley chronicles the history of innovation, and how we need to change our thinking on the subject. Innovation is the main event of the modern age, the reason we experience both dramatic improvements in our living standards and unsettling changes in our society. Forget short-term symptoms like Donald Trump and Brexit, it is innovation that will shape the twenty-first century. Yet innovation remains a mysterious process, poorly understood by policy makers and businessmen alike. Matt Ridley argues that we need to see innovation as an incremental, bottom-up, fortuitous process that happens as a direct result of the human habit of exchange, rather than an orderly, top-down process developing according to a plan. Innovation is crucially different from invention, because it is the turning of inventions into things of practical and affordable use to people. It speeds up in some sectors and slows down in others. It is always a collective, collaborative phenomenon, involving trial and error, not a matter of lonely genius. It happens mainly in just a few parts of the world at any one time. It still cannot be modeled properly by economists, but it can easily be discouraged by politicians. Far from there being too much innovation, we may be on the brink of an innovation famine. Ridley derives these and other lessons from the lively stories of scores of innovations, how they started and why they succeeded or failed. Some of the innovation stories he tells are about steam engines, jet engines, search engines, airships, coffee, potatoes, vaping, vaccines, cuisine, antibiotics, mosquito nets, turbines, propellers, fertilizer, zero, computers, dogs, farming, fire, genetic engineering, gene editing, container shipping, railways, cars, safety rules, wheeled suitcases, mobile phones, corrugated iron, powered flight, chlorinated water, toilets, vacuum cleaners, shale gas, the telegraph, radio, social media, block chain, the sharing economy, artificial intelligence, fake bomb detectors, phantom games consoles, fraudulent blood tests, hyperloop tubes, herbicides, copyright, and even life itself.

Author Matt Ridley
Isbn 0062916610
Genre Business & Economics
Year 2020-05-19
Pages 416
Language English
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No school district can be all charismatic leaders and super-teachers. It can't start from scratch, and it can't fire all its teachers and principals when students do poorly. Great charter schools can only serve a tiny minority of students. Whether we like it or not, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. The good news, as David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan. The school district--once one of the worst in the state--has ignored trendy reforms in favor of proven game-changers like quality early education, a word-soaked curriculum, and hands-on help for teachers. When beneficial new strategies have emerged, like using sophisticated data-crunching to generate pinpoint assessments to help individual students, they have been folded into the mix. The results demand that we take notice--from third grade through high school, Union City scores on the high-stakes state tests approximate the statewide average. In other words, these inner-city kids are achieving just as much as their suburban cousins in reading, writing, and math. What's even more impressive, nearly ninety percent of high school students are earning their diplomas and sixty percent of them are going to college. Top students are winning national science awards and full rides at Ivy League universities. These schools are not just good places for poor kids. They are good places for kids, period. Improbable Scholars offers a playbook--not a prayer book--for reform that will dramatically change our approach to reviving public education.

Author David L. Kirp
Isbn 0199987505
Genre Social Science
Year 2013-03-12
Pages 256
Language English
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Introducing the first macro-sociological perspective on the concept of creativity this book includes a review of ten domains which have studied creativity. It also explores the results of a six-year on-going research project comparing students' ideas on creativity with employers' and industry professionals' views.

Author Monika E. Reuter
Isbn 1137531223
Genre Social Science
Year 2015-09-17
Pages 123
Language English
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You've seen them everywhere-on the covers of books and magazines, quoted in newspaper articles, interviewed on the radio and TV. They are the “thoughtleaders,” the high-profile professionals who rise above everyone else in their field to become the go-to experts in all forms of media. Sound bite needed for what's happening in real estate? Call Donald Trump. Personal finance questions? Get Suze Orman! What about you? Who seeks you out for opinions for trends in your specialty? Are you merely an expert in your field or are you the expert? Do you dream of attaining higher levels of business fame and fortune? Is there a way to make that happen? The answer is Yes-if you've got The Expert's Edge. An action-ready program of proven success strategies, this easy-to-follow game plan can turn any level of entrepreneur into the must-have expert that prospects and media seek out before all others. You raise your profile, expand demand for your services, and increase your profits. Just follow the “Five Pillars of Thoughtleading”: 1. Publish articles and books 2. Speak regularly to groups and companies 3. Inspire with “fresh” thinking 4. Attract ongoing media attention 5. Leverage the Internet creatively Used together, these Five Pillars offer an unbeatable strategy for positioning your business as the only one to call. Prospects and clients will think only of you when your service or product is needed. Your competitors are left struggling to catch up. No matter what you do-entrepreneur, intrapreneur, consultant, manager or specialist-The Expert's Edge will elevate you to an enviable status as the go-to-authority in your field.

Author Ken Lizotte
Isbn 0071662197
Genre Business & Economics
Year 2008-01-16
Pages 266
Language English
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Looking for a little “light” reading with life-changing truth and ticklish humor? This book is for you. Popular author and speaker Patsy Clairmont weaves stories and scripture between lasers, lighthouses, and lamps to illuminate the heart and enliven the spirit. Whether you’re bored with the routine, struggling through a crisis, or just ready for a good word, Patsy meets you there with vulnerability, inspiration, and an infectious grin. As a daily devotional or weekend read, Catching Fireflies will light up your day even as it brightens your smile.

Author Patsy Clairmont
Isbn 1418576069
Genre Religion
Year 2012-07-16
Pages 208
Language English
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