Thomas Alva Edison: Inventor and Entrepreneur

Thomas Alva Edison: Inventor and Entrepreneur

by Claire Price-Groff
     
 

Thomas Alva Edison helped to change the world through his inventions. Born in 1847, Edison showed an avid interest in anything mechanical, technical, or scientific at a young age. He began conducting experiments in his teens, and at the age of twenty-two, filed his first patent for a vote recorder. Although this first invention did not catch on, Edison continued to… See more details below

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Thomas Alva Edison helped to change the world through his inventions. Born in 1847, Edison showed an avid interest in anything mechanical, technical, or scientific at a young age. He began conducting experiments in his teens, and at the age of twenty-two, filed his first patent for a vote recorder. Although this first invention did not catch on, Edison continued to work on his projects, seeking financial support from investors and forming companies. In the 1870s, he created two of his most famous inventions, the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb. By the end of his life, Edison held more than one thousand U.S. patents for his inventions.

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Gr 6-9- Both books are attractively laid out, with open formats and ample reproductions and full-color photos. However, one is significantly more successful than the other. Curie is elegantly written and flows smoothly, creating a balanced portrayal of the scientist's life. It details her struggles, from juggling her personal and professional lives to succeeding in the "man's world" of science. By contrast, Edison's accomplishments are presented in technical detail that sometimes bogs down a bit. Also, some of the discussions of the inventor's business partnerships are confusing and unnecessary for an introductory biography. Linda Tagliaferro's Thomas Edison (Lerner, 2003) is a better choice.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531122754
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Great Life Stories Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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