Edison A Biography

Author: Matthew Josephson
Publisher: History Book Club
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Outstanding in his methods, Edison was also a significant transitional figure, a man halfway between the tihkerer and the theorethical scientist...


Author: Alexander Kennedy
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Thomas Edison’s inventions shape every day of a modern man or woman’s life. If today you’ve listened to recorded music, watched a television show or movie, plugged something into an electric socket, had an X-ray, turned on your car, spoke on the telephone, or flicked on an electric light, you have Edison to thank for his pioneering work in these fields, and many more.

Yet Edison is all too often remembered in popular culture only as villain for his feuds with other inventors, most notably the mad genius Nikola Tesla. In this thrilling, compact biography, Alexander Kennedy sorts fact from fiction in the life of the most prolific inventor in human history. We follow Edison, the ultimate self-made man, from his origins as a Michigan telegraph boy to the pinnacle of success as an industrial titan. Along the way, Kennedy carefully explains each of Edison’s key breakthroughs as well as the blots on his record, such as his anti-Semitism and his unhappy family life. The portrait that emerges is a man who is neither hero nor villain, sometimes a saint and sometimes a sinner—but always a genius...

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Edison

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  • Explanations of Edison’s most important breakthroughs, written in accessible layman’s language.
  • The founding of Menlo Park, one of the world’s greatest laboratories.
  • The true story of Edison’s rivalry with Tesla.
  • Edison’s pioneering role in discovering the health effects of tobacco.
  • The surprising history of the electric chair and the electrocution of Topsy the elephant.
  • Edison’s friendship with Henry Ford—and the trouble it led him into.
  • Edison’s role in World War I.

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Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?

Author: Margaret Frith
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN: 0448437651
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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.

Empires Of Light Edison Tesla Westinghouse And The Race To Electrify The World

Author: Jill Jonnes
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 0375758844
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In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation’s most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world’s first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it.

Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct current (DC) technology into the hurly-burly of New York City as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating current (AC), thus setting the stage for one of the eeriest feuds in American corporate history, the War of the Electric Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall Street, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, and, finally, the death chamber—Jonnes takes us on the tense walk down a prison hallway and into the sunlit room where William Kemmler, convicted ax murderer, became the first man to die in the electric chair.

Empires of Light is the gripping history of electricity, the “mysterious fluid,” and how the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed.

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Timeless Thomas How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

Author: Gene Barretta
Publisher: Square Fish
ISBN: 1250114780
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Gene Barretta, the author of Now & Ben, Neo Leo, and Lincoln and Kennedy, enters the laboratories of one of America's most important inventors, in this enlightening picture book, Timeless Thomas.

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.

“[This] accessible and informative account [is] a worthy successor to Barretta's other men-and-ideas books.” ―The New York Times

“A glowing tribute to the inventor who continues to influence modern life.” ―Kirkus, starred

The Wizard Of Menlo Park How Thomas Alva Edison Invented The Modern World

Author: Randall E. Stross
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 1400047633
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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.

Dk Biography Thomas Edison

Author: Jan Adkins
Publisher: DK CHILDREN
ISBN: 0756652073
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Filled with archival photographs and amazing facts, this groundbreaking series introduces young readers to some of history's most interesting and influential characters. The series now features a refreshed design, taking the series' original look in a more modern direction.

DK Biography: Thomas Edison tells the story of the famous inventor, from his childhood as an "addled" student, to his reign as the "Wizard of Menlo Park," where he developed the electric light bulb, the phonograph, and many other inventions still in use today.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

National Geographic Readers Thomas Edison Readers Bios

Author: Barbara Kramer
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
ISBN: 1426314760
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Learn all about Thomas Edison, one of the most important figures in American history, in this colorful, inviting, and entertaining biography. This carefully leveled reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the inventors of tomorrow!

The Story Of Thomas Alva Edison Landmark Books

Author: Margaret Cousins
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0394848837
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Beginning with Thomas Edison’s childhood, when he set up his first laboratory in his basement as a 10-year-old, and following through his many jobs before he was able to support himself as an inventor, this is the true story of the man who brought the world the phonograph, motion pictures, and even the electric light bulb—revolutionary inventions that forever changed the way people live.
“One of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling children’s book series ever published.”—The New York Times
Margaret Cousins is also the author of the Landmark Book Ben Franklin of
Old Philadelphia


Author: Matthew Josephson
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471548065
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Depicts Edison as a pivotal figure in America's economic and industrial revolution success and at the same time as a human being, including his exploitative and, at times, crude qualities.


ISBN: 9780758186607
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Depicts Edison as a pivotal figure in America's economic and industrial revolution success and at the same time as a human being, including his exploitative and, at times, crude qualities.


Author: Paul Israel
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471362708
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"-Kirkus Reviews The conventional story of Thomas Edison reads more like myth than history: With only three months of formal education, a hardworking young man overcomes the odds and becomes one of the greatest inventors in history.


Author: Frank Lewis Dyer
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1775418456
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Gain new insight into the life of quintessential American inventor Thomas Alva Edison with this comprehensive biography.

Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Michael Burgan
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 9780756520991
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Chapter 6 Page 57, line 27: Edison: A Biography, p. 181. I'auc 58, line 25: Menlo
Park Reminiscences. Volume 1, p. 427. Page 59, line 1: Ibid. Page 60, line 16: "
Edison." 24 April 2006. www.nps.gov/edis/edifun/edifun_4andup/ faqs_fables.
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Author: Alexander Kennedy
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781535252799
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The founding of Menlo Park, one of the world's greatest laboratories. The true story of Edison's rivalry with Tesla. Edison's pioneering role in discovering the health effects of tobacco.

Thomas Edison Biography Funbook

Author: CAROLE MARSH ~autofilled~
Publisher: Gallopade International
ISBN: 9780635066923
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Thomas Edison A Biography Funbook ©Carole Marsh/Gallopade International.
Permission is hereby granted to the individual purchaser or classroom teacher to
reproduce materials in this book for non-commercial individual or classroom use

The Age Of Edison

Author: Ernest Freeberg
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101605472
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Paul Israel, Edison: A Life of Invention (New York: Wiley, 1998), 164–69; Friedel
and Israel, Edison's Electric Light, 4–9. New York Sun, September 16, 1878;
Jonnes, Empires of Light, 55–56. Friedel and Israel, Edison's Electric Light, 8–9.

From Edison To Enron

Author: Richard Munson
Publisher: Northeast-Midwest Institute
ISBN: 9780275987404
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Israel, Edison. 10. Ibid. 1 I . Ibid. 1 2. Francis Jehl, Menlo Park Remembrances (
Dearborn, MI: Edison Institute, 1 937). 13. Memo from ... Friedel and Israel with
Finn, Edison's Electric Light. 15. Charles ... Josephson, Edison: A Biography. 26.