Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World

Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World

by David J Kent


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“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
—Thomas Edison 
Like most people who change the world, Thomas Alva Edison (1847–1931) was not expected to do much with his life. The last of seven children, he was a frail, distractible child with bad hearing whose father thought he might be dim-witted. However, the endlessly curious Edison was a habitual inventor and voracious reader from an early age. A driven entrepreneur, at twelve he was already hawking newspapers and candy on a train while simultaneously operating stores in two train stations. These two personality traits, the businessman and the scientist, combined with a burning ambition to make Edison the most important inventor of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
In Edison, science writer David J. Kent (Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity) tells how the inventor:
  • Feuded with other great inventors, like Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse
  • Changed how the world experienced darkness with the incandescent light bulb
  • Used an elephant named Topsy for a dramatic example of the power of electricity
  • Established the world’s first modern technology company and first movie studio
  • Was awarded over 1,000 patents in the United States alone
  • Created everything from an electrographic voting machine to the phonograph
Vividly written and packed with colorful and rare illustrations, Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World is the fascinating story of how a self-taught boy from Ohio who loved to invent new gadgets ended up changing the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435161238
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 07/22/2016
Series: Illustrated Lives Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 420,052
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Kent has been a scientist for thirty years and has worked as a consultant in both the United States and Europe. He is actively involved in and commonly speaks at regional, national, and international scientific organizations. He has served as president of regional chapters of both the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). The author of the 2012 illustrated biography Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity, Kent has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles and presentations for peer-reviewed journals, technical newsletters, and scientific meetings. In addition to his professional capacity he writes a series of blogs related to science, travel, and politics.

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