Edison"s Concrete Piano by Judy Wearing

Edison"s Concrete Piano

byJudy Wearing

Kobo ebook | October 31, 2009

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Edison’s Concrete Piano highlights the careers of famous inventors — revealing the lesser-known and most fascinating facts about their careers their wackier hobbies and especially their big flops and great successes. Take Thomas Edison for example who revolutionized our world with the light bulb the phonograph and the forerunner to the movie camera. He also created a concrete piano a non-operational helicopter made from box kites and piano wire and a machine to speak to the dead. Edison was not the only one to engineer a complete flop now and again; in fact failure amid greatness is the norm — not the exception. Did you know that Henry Ford followed his Model T success with a tractor that was famous for killing its customers? Ever heard of a flying tank? Can you imagine why physics genius Albert Einstein created a refrigerator that howled like a banshee? Or what Nikola Tesla was thinking when he tested his earthquake machine — in crowded Manhattan? And how did Alexander Graham Bell after inventing the phone pass the time on his sheep farm in Nova Scotia? From whole scale improvements like the assembly line to robots made from paint cans Edison’s Concrete Piano covers it all. Written snapshots of inventors through the ages to the current day are accompanied by photographs and illustrations of their lives and their inventions. Read about Edison Tesla DaVinci Fuller and Alexander Graham Bell alongside the inventors you’ve never considered — the people who are dreaming up many of the products you’ll use every day. From Alexander Graham Bell’s six-nippled sheep to Leonardo da Vinci’s walk-on-water shoes these ludicrous ideas and faulty designs will leave you with a smile on your face and a new perspective on the meaning of success.
Title:Edison"s Concrete PianoFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 31, 2009Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554905516

ISBN - 13:9781554905515

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Less Successful Inventions It almost goes without saying that not all inventions by great inventors had, by definition, to be successful; there had to be at least some failures. However, it’s easy to see that the general public may never have heard of them. In this book, the author has selected sixteen inventions, each one by a different inventor, that were unsuccessful. After the Introduction, the book is divided into sixteen chapters (one per invention) grouped into three main sections: The Historic Age (from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries), The Golden Age (from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries) and The Modern Era (from the early twentieth century onwards). The list of inventors includes da Vinci, Watt, Hooke, Edison, Tesla, Ford, Bell as well as others – even Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard are included. In each case, the author provides a brief outline (to varying degrees) of the inventor’s life, other inventions, success (and failure) rate and what went wrong with the particular invention highlighted in the chapter. The writing style is clear, friendly, highly accessible and quite engaging. The only sketches/diagrams/photos of the inventions are found on the first page of each chapter; otherwise, no additional figures are included. This is a fun book that can be enjoyed by anyone – especially those fascinated by the history and evolution of technology.
Date published: 2009-11-13