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They Changed the World: Bell, Edison and Tesla

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Three lives, one epic story. Find out how Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla changed the world we live in forever! Three men, three great minds and three completely different approaches to science. Find out how these men tamed the forces of science in order to share its power with the world. As their paths cross, a rivalry grows. The men who revolutionized the fields of light, sound and vision compete with each other to become the leading genius of the age.

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Overview

Three lives, one epic story. Find out how Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla changed the world we live in forever! Three men, three great minds and three completely different approaches to science. Find out how these men tamed the forces of science in order to share its power with the world. As their paths cross, a rivalry grows. The men who revolutionized the fields of light, sound and vision compete with each other to become the leading genius of the age.

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"By focusing on the social and economic differences among Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison, as well as their shared hunger for making monumental discoveries in electronics that could—and did—alter the modern world, the writer and the artist show plainly that an inventor’s creativity is but one ingredient in his or her achievements and that commercial success takes a toll on the inventor’s life outside the lab. . . Helfand’s solid research is a great jumping-off point for student researchers." — Francisca Goldsmith, Booklist
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Amanda Foust
Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Nicola Tesla lived very different lives with very different approaches to science, yet their scientific attempts and accomplishments overlapped and influenced one another, the scientific community, and literally, the world. The book begins by detailing each of their biographies, starting in 1852 and spanning each of their lifetimes. It culminates with Tesla’s death in 1943. In between, each personal and scientific milestone is addressed, cataloging their various inspirations and experiments as they tackle the fields of light, vision, and sound. Helfand does an admirable job of connecting and weaving together the lives of Bell, Edison, and Tesla. He draws connections between the men while easily establishing their differing locations, influences, and obstacles. Despite building these strong connections and presenting their vast accomplishments, the focus remains so tightly on the three scientists that their fellow contributing scientists, families, and benefactors are only briefly addressed. Additionally, while the men are shown as flawed, their more eccentric personality traits (particularly Tesla’s) are smoothed out in Helfand’s narrative and overlooked; the primary focus is on their accomplishments rather than their significant failures and impacts. Kumar’s art often falls flat, leaving the reader in poorly drawn panels that too often distract from Hefland’s strong storytelling. Reviewer: Amanda Foust; Ages 12 to 15.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789380741871
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Campfire Graphic Novels Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 990,362
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Helfand is one of Campfire's most prolific writers, having scripted many of our biographies, classics and original titles. Some of his most popular works include the award winning Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa: Angel of the Slums and Abraham Lincoln: From the Log Cabin to the White House.

 Naresh Kumar is a resident of New Delhi, India. He describes himself as a seeker who is continuously trying to learn as much as he can. He views his art as an expression of his curiosity about the world. Naresh's photo-realistic style captures the subtle emotions of his characters, giving the reader an experience similar to that of watching a high budget movie. Hs past work for Campfire includes Julius Caesar, Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe and Sinbad: The Legacy.

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