The Electric Light: Thomas Edison's Illuminating Invention

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"I have it now!" Thomas Edison declared to the press in September 1878. These words announced that the famous inventor of the phonograph was on the cusp of his greatest achievement-the invention of an electric light. Edison overcame daunting obstacles, bested fierce competitors, and wrestled with self-doubt to perfect the invention that would revolutionize the way we conduct our lives. The Electric Light: Thomas Edison's Illuminating Invention tells the dramatic story of how Edison and the team of scientists at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, made the electric light a reality. It also explores the many ways in which this remarkable invention has shaped the United States by transforming nearly every aspect of daily life in America.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debbie Levy
This entry in the "Milestones in American History" series details Thomas Alva Edison's 1879 invention of the incandescent lamp and his subsequent perfection of a practical electric light bulb. More a biography of the electric light than of Edison himself, the book nonetheless does give readers a personal sense of the man. Curiosity and ambition drove him as he grew from a boy who was fascinated by the telegraph to a young man who was the most famous inventor in the United States. Sonneborn does a fine job of describing the various technologies that played a role in the development of Edison's "illuminating invention." Vintage photographs and illustrations are used to good effect. A New York Times obituary of Edison, reproduced in a sidebar, puts his genius and persistence in historical perspective: "Thomas Alva Edison made the world a better place in which to live. . . .His inventive genius brooded over a world which at nightfall was engulfed in darkness, pierced only by the feeble beams of kerosene lamps, by gas lights, or, in some of the larger cities, by the uncertainties of the old-time arc lights. To Edison, with the dream of the incandescent lamp in his mind, it seemed that people still lived in the Dark Ages." Reviewer: Debbie Levy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791093504
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Milestones in American History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Edison's Newest Marvel     1
Ambition and Invention     11
The Wizard     22
Solving the Puzzle     35
Perfecting the System     47
Conquering Manhattan     57
The War of the Electric Currents     68
"Electric Lights Are Too Old for Me"     80
The Electric Age     91
Chronology     105
Timeline     106
Notes     108
Bibliography     110
Further Reading     111
Index     114
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