Edison and the Rise of Innovation (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

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Edison presents, in intimate detail, one of history's most prolific inventors, and perhaps America's first celebrity. Thomas Alva Edison did more than bring the power of incandescent light into every home and business; he created a world-famous brand, raised money to support research and business, and sought to patent more than a thousand inventions. Enhanced with audio and video, this deluxe edition is a unique introduction to the man who helped engineer the modern world. Leonard DeGraaf, ...
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Edison presents, in intimate detail, one of history's most prolific inventors, and perhaps America's first celebrity. Thomas Alva Edison did more than bring the power of incandescent light into every home and business; he created a world-famous brand, raised money to support research and business, and sought to patent more than a thousand inventions. Enhanced with audio and video, this deluxe edition is a unique introduction to the man who helped engineer the modern world. Leonard DeGraaf, archivist for the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, chronicles Edison's life and work, making lively and lavish use of never-before-published primary sources, including Edison's personal and business correspondence, lab notebooks, drawings, and advertising material, along with both historic and modern photographs.

Edison presents, in intimate detail, the man who helped engineer the modern world. One of history's most prolific inventors, and perhaps America's first celebrity, Thomas Alva Edison did more than bring incandescent light into every household and industry; he created a world-renowned brand, raised capital to support research and business, and pursued patents for his 1,000+ inventions. Leonard DeGraaf, archivist for the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, chronicles Edison's life and work, making lively and lavish use of never-before-published primary sources, including Edison's personal and business correspondence, lab notebooks, drawings, and advertising material, along with both historic and modern photographs.

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"To invent," Thomas Edison (1847-1931) once advised, "you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." During his long career, "The Wizard of Menlo Park" invented and developed numerous devices, including the long-lasting electric light bulb, the motion picture camera, and the phonograph, but he wasn't shy about making mistakes, insisting "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." In this rich, accessible new biography, Leonard DeGraaf, the Thomas Edison National Park archivist, engages the life and prolific works of this man of a thousand patents. (P.S. This book carries a foreword by Bill Gates.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454910145
  • Publisher: Sterling Signature
  • Publication date: 10/23/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 719,824
  • File size: 278 MB
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Meet the Author


Leonard DeGraaf is an archivist at Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Before joining the National Park Service in 1991, he was on the staff of the Thomas A. Edison Papers. DeGraaf is the author of Historic Photos of Thomas Edison (Turner Publishing, 2008), and his articles have appeared in the New York Daily News, Seaport magazine, and Business History Review, among other publications. He received an MA in history from Rutgers University.
 
This book was produced in collaboration with the Edison Innovation Foundation, the Charles Edison Fund, and Thomas Edison National Historical Park. The Edison Innovation Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the Edison legacy and encourages students to embrace careers in science, technology, and engineering. A partner of the National Park Service, the Foundation raises funds to support Thomas Edison National Historical Park. The Charles Edison Fund, based in Newark, NJ, is an endowed philanthropic institution dedicated to the support of medical research, science education, and historic preservation.
 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for m

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. I found this book to be very helpful when doing my project.
    It broadened my knowledge of a man I knew very little about. After reading Edison and the Rise of Innovation, I feel like I know more about
    Thomas Edison than before. Before I read the book, I thought all he did was invent the light bulb and our electrical lines. But after reading
    the book, I learned that he did more than that and he invented many things that are still used today. I liked that the author mainly stated
    Edison’s popular inventions and how he came to invent them. I liked how the he started with Edison’s early life and what he did when he
    was younger to when he became older. I liked how DeGraaf described the life of Edison, not just him as an inventor. The book had a lot of
    information about how he invented motion pictures, which was my favorite part. Another part I liked that DeGraaf described was the AC/DC
    controversy. I was surprised that when experimenting, they used the live animals to see how many volts were needed to kill someone. I
    liked many of the small things the author included in the book, like when he described how Edison proposed to his second wife, Mina. 
    The book was very interesting and entertaining to read, and gave more than enough information about Edison and his inventions. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Edison remains ever-relevant, and a role model for the legions o

    Edison remains ever-relevant, and a role model for the legions of inventive minds that continue to be inspired by this most inventive man. Teachers: buy this book and teach your students about Mr. Edison!

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    Posted October 26, 2013

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