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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What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common? All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison. Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology. Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-changing inventions. In this enlightening book, Gene Barretta enters the laboratories of one of America's most important inventors.

Author Gene Barretta
Isbn 1466816848
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2012-07-17
Pages 36
Language English
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Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford started off as insatiably curious tinkerers. That curiosity led them to become inventors—with very different results. As Edison invented hit after commercial hit, gaining fame and fortune, Henry struggled to make a single invention (an affordable car) work. Witnessing Thomas's glorious career from afar, a frustrated Henry wondered about the secret to his success. This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world—and best friends, too.

Author Suzanne Slade
Isbn 1607347636
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2015-09-08
Pages 48
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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From his humble boyhood as a farmer's son, selling newspapers on trains, reading through public libraries shelf by shelf, and dreaming of new inventions, Thomas Edison went on to create the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.

Author Don Brown
Isbn 9780547194875
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2010
Pages 32
Language English
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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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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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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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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
Pages N.A
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Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sea in his homemade boat, the Rodent, and soon finds himself in extreme need of rescue. Enter Boris. But there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life of whaling about and Amos has gone back to his life of mousing around, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale. The tender yet comical story of this friendship is recorded in text and pictures that are a model of rich simplicity. Here, with apparent ease and concealed virtuosity, Caldecott medalist William Steig brings two winning heroes to life. Amos & Boris is a 1971 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Notable Children's Book of the Year, and Outstanding Book of the Year.

Author William Steig
Isbn 1466808454
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2013-07-30
Pages 32
Language English
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla.”—Erik Larson “A model of superior historical fiction . . . an exciting, sometimes astonishing story.”—The Washington Post From Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a thrilling novel—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America. New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society—the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal—private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER “A satisfying romp . . . Takes place against a backdrop rich with period detail . . . Works wonderfully as an entertainment . . . As it charges forward, the novel leaves no dot unconnected.”—Noah Hawley, The New York Times Book Review

Author Graham Moore
Isbn 0812988914
Genre Fiction
Year 2016-08-16
Pages 384
Language English
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An introduction to the life of the man who developed the electric light bulb and many other inventions.

Author Rebecca Gomez
Isbn 1617142417
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2003-01-01
Pages 32
Language English
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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. Using Edison's laboratory notebooks, written as he worked and before he knew the outcome we see the many false starts, wrong directions and failures that he worked through on his way to producing revolutionary inventions. While Edison's strengths in exploiting failure made him the icon of American inventors, they could also be liabilities when he moved from one field to another. Not only is this book of value to readers with an interest in the history of technology and American invention, its insights are important to those who seek to innovate and to those who employ and finance them.

Author Ian Wills
Isbn 3030299406
Genre Philosophy
Year 2020-01-01
Pages 257
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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The name Thomas Edison is associated with some of the world's greatest inventions: the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera. What inspired Edison to become an inventor? What struggles did he encounter on his way to greatness, and how did he overcome them? Readers will learn all about Edison, including his biographical details, challenges he encountered, and how he achieved his greatest inventions. Readers will learn about the industrialization of America, Edison's role in nineteenth- and twentieth-century history, and his legacy today. Utilizing color photographs and intriguing sidebars, this book will draw readers in as they learn about Edison's childhood, his famous rivalries, his relationship with the press, and how he became known as the "Wizard of Menlo Park."

Author Kaitlin Scirri
Isbn 1502645327
Genre Young Adult Nonfiction
Year 2019-07-15
Pages 128
Language English
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Thomas Edison spent the second half of his life in West Orange, about 10 miles from New York City. There he built his last and largest laboratory, where he developed motion pictures, improved the phonograph, and built an international business empire, earning over half of his 1,093 patents. The five laboratory buildings housed over 100 experimenters busily engaged in invention and innovation. As they turned ideas into commercial products, Edison surrounded the laboratory with factories that employed over 4,000 workers. From the first days, staff photographers documented every aspect of life in this town within a town.

Author Edward Wirth
Isbn 1439636125
Genre Photography
Year 2008-06-02
Pages 128
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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In 1877 a young man developed a way to reproduce sounds so they could be heard again and again. This young man, Thomas Edison, has since been heralded as one of the world's greatest inventors. This inspiring biography details the creation of Edison's favorite invention, the phonograph. Young readers will also discover that Edison did not allow his handicap (he was hard of hearing) to slow him down.

Author Barbara Mitchell
Isbn 0761391487
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2012-01-01
Pages 64
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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The 32-page book, Toffee with Thomas Edison, introduces young readers to an important historical figure while strengthening their reading proficiency. The fictionalized storyline creates a relatable scenario of meeting a history-defining American and learning more about their way of life. The charming illustrations and adventure-filled text of the Time Hop Sweets Shop books work together to support young readers. With comprehension questions, biographical information, and websites for further discovery, this series helps children develop strong reading comprehension skills while also gaining important historical knowledge.

Author Kyla Steinkraus
Isbn 1681914557
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2016-01-01
Pages 32
Language English
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