Thomas Alva Edison: Inventing the Electric Age

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byGene Adair

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Thomas Alva Edison revolutionized daily life as few people before or after him have done. The light bulb, the phonograph, motion pictures--through these and countless other technological marvels Edison left an indelible mark on the modern world. Although he had little formal education, Edisonshowed a remarkable talent for practical science as a teenager and was only in his early twenties when he launched his inventing career. In 1876, he established the world's first industrial research laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, and within six years he and his assistants had developed alight-and-power system that amazed the world. For more than half a century, Edison remained active and involved in science and invention. Upon Edison's death in 1931, President Herbert Hoover asked the nation to dim its lights in tribute to the inventor.

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KWith the light bulb, the phonograph, motion pictures, and countless other technological marvels, Thomas Alva Edison revolutionized daily life as few people before or after him have done. ". . . his life reads like the adventure it was and will delight pleasure readers and information seekers alike. Adair (the author) carefully explain...

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Thomas Alva Edison revolutionized daily life as few people before or after him have done. The light bulb, the phonograph, motion pictures--through these and countless other technological marvels Edison left an indelible mark on the modern world. Although he had little formal education, Edisonshowed a remarkable talent for practical sci...

Gene Adair, who has worked in publishing since 1981, is currently the marketing manager at the University of Tennessee Press. A former teacher and newspaper reporter, he is also the author of a biography of George Washington Carver. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195119819

ISBN - 13:9780195119817

Appropriate for ages: 12 - adult

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KWith the light bulb, the phonograph, motion pictures, and countless other technological marvels, Thomas Alva Edison revolutionized daily life as few people before or after him have done. ". . . his life reads like the adventure it was and will delight pleasure readers and information seekers alike. Adair (the author) carefully explains the scientific principles on which Edison based his work and devotes sidebars to particular inventions".--BOOKLIST. Illustrated

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"A lively biography.... This foray into the workshops of a gifted and prolific inventor is fascinating."--Kirkus Reviews