The Inventor of the Modern WorldeBook - 2016
"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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Fall River Press, 
Branch Call Number: 921 Ediso
Characteristics: 1 online resource (272 pages)