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The Age Of Edison by Ernest Freeberg

Title The Age of Edison
Author Ernest Freeberg
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2013-02-21
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781101605479
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A sweeping history of the electric light revolution and the birth of modern America The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but more than any other invention, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, transforming its inventor into a mythic figure and avatar of an era. In The Age of Edison, award-winning author and historian Ernest Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it and capturing the wonder Edison’s invention inspired. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility in which the greater forces of progress and change are made by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.

Thomas Edison by Linda Tagliaferro

Title Thomas Edison
Author Linda Tagliaferro
Publisher Twenty-First Century Books
Release Date 2003-01-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0822546892
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of the electric lighting system and the phonograph.

Edison by Edmund Morris

Title Edison
Author Edmund Morris
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2019-10-22
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 800
ISBN 9780679644651
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews Although Thomas Alva Edison was the most famous American of his time, and remains an international name today, he is mostly remembered only for the gift of universal electric light. His invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world—already reeling from his invention of the phonograph and dozens of other revolutionary devices—that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. In all, this near-deaf genius (“I haven’t heard a bird sing since I was twelve years old”) patented 1,093 inventions, not including others, such as the X-ray fluoroscope, that he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. One of the achievements of this staggering new biography, the first major life of Edison in more than twenty years, is that it portrays the unknown Edison—the philosopher, the futurist, the chemist, the botanist, the wartime defense adviser, the founder of nearly 250 companies—as fully as it deconstructs the Edison of mythological memory. Edmund Morris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, brings to the task all the interpretive acuity and literary elegance that distinguished his previous biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Ludwig van Beethoven. A trained musician, Morris is especially well equipped to recount Edison’s fifty-year obsession with recording technology and his pioneering advances in the synchronization of movies and sound. Morris sweeps aside conspiratorial theories positing an enmity between Edison and Nikola Tesla and presents proof of their mutually admiring, if wary, relationship. Enlightened by seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s huge laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey, and privileged access to family papers still held in trust, Morris is also able to bring his subject to life on the page—the adored yet autocratic and often neglectful husband of two wives and father of six children. If the great man who emerges from it is less a sentimental hero than an overwhelming force of nature, driven onward by compulsive creativity, then Edison is at last getting his biographical due.

Empires Of Light by Jill Jonnes

Title Empires Of Light
Author Jill Jonnes
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release Date 2004
Category Science
Total Pages 424
ISBN 9780375758843
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A riveting chronicle of scientific history recounts the race among three great titans of the Gilded Age--inventor Thomas Alva Edison, creator of the incandescent light bulb; eccentric genius Nikola Tesla; and George Westinghouse, a tough entrepreneur and powerful empire builder--to bring electricity to the world. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Title Who Invented the Light Bulb
Author Susan E. Hamen
Publisher Stem Smackdown
Release Date 2018
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9781541512078
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Most Americans believe that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. But British scientist Joseph Swan was working on this invention at the same time. Patent battles, lies, and determination fill out this race to create the first usable light bulb!

Title Thomas Edison Invents the Light Bulb
Author Douglas Hustad
Publisher ABDO
Release Date 2015-12-15
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 48
ISBN 9781680772371
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Learn about the great scientist Thomas Edison as he invented the light bulb. You'll read about his life, the science behind his studies, and the impact of his work on the world today.

Thomas Edison For Kids by Laurie Carlson

Title Thomas Edison for Kids
Author Laurie Carlson
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release Date 2006-02
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9781613743041
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Provides an introduction of Thomas Edison, one of the world's greatest inventors. This book helps inspire kids to be inventors and scientists. Children try Edison's experiments themselves with activities such as making a puppet dance using static electricity, manufacturing a switch for electric current, constructing a telegraph machine, and more.

The Reinvention Of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman

Title The Reinvention of Edison Thomas
Author Jacqueline Houtman
Publisher Boyds Mills Press
Release Date 2016-11-04
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781629795959
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Eddy Thomas can read a college physics book, but he can't read the emotions on the faces of his classmates at Drayton Middle School. He can spend hours tinkering with an invention, but he can't stand more than a few minutes in a noisy crowd, like the crowd at the science fair, which Eddy fails to win. When the local school crossing guard is laid off, Eddy is haunted by thoughts of the potentially disastrous consequences and invents a traffic-calming device, using parts he has scavenged from discarded machines. Eddy also discovers new friends, who appreciate his abilities and respect his unique view of the world. They help Eddy realize that his "friend" Mitch is the person behind the progressively more distressing things that happed to Eddy. By trusting his real friends and accepting their help, Eddy uses his talents to help others and rethinks his purely mechanical definition of success in this Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award winner.

Title A Wizard from the Start
Author Don Brown
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2010-05-03
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9780547488165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A wizard from the start, Thomas Edison had a thirst for knowledge, taste for mischief, and hunger for discovery—but his success was made possible by his boundless energy. At age fourteen he coined his personal motto: “The More to do, the more to be done,” and then went out and did: picking up skills and knowledge at every turn. When learning about things that existed wasn't enough, he dreamed up new inventions to improve the world. From humble beginnings as a farmer’s son, selling newspapers on trains and reading through public libraries shelf by shelf, Tom began his inventing career as a boy and became a legend as a man.

Edison by Frank Lewis Dyer

Title Edison
Author Frank Lewis Dyer
Publisher The Floating Press
Release Date 2010-08-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 940
ISBN 9781775418450
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Gain new insight into the life of quintessential American inventor Thomas Alva Edison with this comprehensive biography. Delving deeply into the personal and professional life of "The Wizard of Menlo Park," author Frank Lewis Dyer offers a fascinating glimpse into Edison's extraordinary mind and remarkable ambition.

Title Edison and the Electric Chair
Author Mark Essig
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2009-05-26
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 0802719287
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Thomas Edison stunned America in 1879 by unveiling a world-changing invention--the light bulb--and then launching the electrification of America's cities. A decade later, despite having been an avowed opponent of the death penalty, Edison threw his laboratory resources and reputation behind the creation of a very different sort of device--the electric chair. Deftly exploring this startling chapter in American history, Edison & the Electric Chair delivers both a vivid portrait of a nation on the cusp of modernity and a provocative new examination of Edison himself. Edison championed the electric chair for reasons that remain controversial to this day. Was Edison genuinely concerned about the suffering of the condemned? Was he waging a campaign to smear his rival George Westinghouse's alternating current and boost his own system? Or was he warning the public of real dangers posed by the high-voltage alternating wires that looped above hundreds of America's streets? Plumbing the fascinating history of electricity, Mark Essig explores America's love of technology and its fascination with violent death, capturing an era when the public was mesmerized and terrified by an invisible force that produced blazing light, powered streetcars, carried telephone conversations--and killed.

The Electric War by Mike Winchell

Title The Electric War
Author Mike Winchell
Publisher Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Release Date 2019-01-22
Category Young Adult Nonfiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781250120175
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The spellbinding true account of the scientific competition to light the world with electricity. In the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, a burgeoning science called electricity promised to shine new light on a rousing nation. Inventive and ambitious minds were hard at work. Soon that spark was fanned, and a fiery war was under way to be the first to light—and run—the world with electricity. Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of direct current (DC), engaged in a brutal battle with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, the inventors of alternating current (AC). There would be no ties in this race—only a winner and a loser. The prize: a nationwide monopoly in electric current. Brimming with action, suspense, and rich historical and biographical information about these brilliant inventors, here is the rousing account of one of the world’s defining scientific competitions. Christy Ottaviano Books

Thomas Edison by Anonim

Title Thomas Edison
Author Anonim
Publisher SHOGAKUKAN
Release Date 2011-09-13
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 152
ISBN 1421542366
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The lives of great figures in history are full of inspiring and moving episodes. Young people especially can learn from these stories, gaining hope, courage, and even hints on how to live their own lives. Children everywhere benefit from reading about the lives of heroic achievers, and indeed, these stories are an important part of their education and growth. Shogakukan Biographical Comics is a series of biographies of inspirational historical figures in an easy-to-read manga format. These books are as fun to read as any manga, but the stories they tell are based entirely on historical fact. Every volume includes a map and a historical timeline, rounding out a package that teaches even as it entertains. The creator of over 1,300 inventions that have shaped our modern world, Thomas Alva Edison was truly the “king of invention.” The movie projector, the phonograph, the storage battery, and the electric light bulb are just a few of the revolutionary devices Edison invented that have enriched our lives and even changed the course of civilization.

Edison by Neil Baldwin

Title Edison
Author Neil Baldwin
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2001-04-28
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 531
ISBN 0226035719
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Tesla by W. Bernard Carlson

Title Tesla
Author W. Bernard Carlson
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2015-04-27
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 520
ISBN 9780691165615
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted showman, he cultivated a public image of the eccentric genius. Even at the end of his life when he was living in poverty, Tesla still attracted reporters to his annual birthday interview, regaling them with claims that he had invented a particle-beam weapon capable of bringing down enemy aircraft. Plenty of biographies glamorize Tesla and his eccentricities, but until now none has carefully examined what, how, and why he invented. In this groundbreaking book, W. Bernard Carlson demystifies the legendary inventor, placing him within the cultural and technological context of his time, and focusing on his inventions themselves as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity. Drawing on original documents from Tesla's private and public life, Carlson shows how he was an "idealist" inventor who sought the perfect experimental realization of a great idea or principle, and who skillfully sold his inventions to the public through mythmaking and illusion. This major biography sheds new light on Tesla's visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his most important technological breakthroughs.

Title The Story of Thomas Alva Edison
Author Margaret Cousins
Publisher Turtleback
Release Date 1997-03-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 0606119221
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A biography of the great inventor whose creations have contributed to the comfort, convenience, and entertainment of people all over the world.

Thomas Edison by Katherine Krieg

Title Thomas Edison
Author Katherine Krieg
Publisher ABDO
Release Date 2014-08
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781629686899
Language English, Spanish, and French
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American inventor and businessman Thomas Edison influenced the world. His most notable achievements, the motion picture camera and the light bulb, are used millions of times each day. This title includes primary sources, sidebars, prompts and activities, charts and graphs, and much more. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing Company.

Thomas Edison by Cynthia Klingel

Title Thomas Edison
Author Cynthia Klingel
Publisher Childs World Incorporated
Release Date 2003
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 1567664490
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A biography of the inventor who changed the world in which he lived with such revolutionary inventions as the phonograph, electric lighting, and motion pictures.

Edison by Paul Israel

Title Edison
Author Paul Israel
Publisher Wiley
Release Date 2000-03-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 560
ISBN 0471362700
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The definitive biography of the century's godfather of invention-from the preeminent Edison scholar "Israel's meticulous research and refusal to shy away from the dodgier aspects of Edison's personality offers a fresh glimpse into the life of the inventor."-New Scientist "Remarkable."-Nature "An authoritative look into Edison's working methods, here leavened by enough personal detail to give the achievements shape."-Publishers Weekly "Highly recommended." "Israel's book should go a long way toward taking Edison out of the shadows and placing him in the proper light."-Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Exhaustively researched, with strong emphasis on Edison's methods and achievements."-Kirkus Reviews The conventional story of Thomas Edison reads more like myth than history: With only three months of formal education, a hardworking young man overcomes the odds and becomes one of the greatest inventors in history. But the portrait that emerges from Edison: A Life of Invention reveals a man of genius and astonishing foresight whose career was actually a product of his fast-changing era. In this peerless biography, Paul Israel exposes for the first time the man behind the inventions, expertly situating his subject within a thoroughly realized portrait of a burgeoning country on the brink of massive change. Informed by Israel's unprecedented access to workshop diaries, notebooks, letters, and more than five million pages of archives, this definitive biography brings fresh insights to a singularly influential and triumphant career in science.

Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta

Title Timeless Thomas
Author Gene Barretta
Publisher Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Release Date 2012-07-17
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 36
ISBN 9781466816848
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common? All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison. Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology. Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-changing inventions. In this enlightening book, Gene Barretta enters the laboratories of one of America's most important inventors.