Thomas Edison: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works (Hardcover)

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The most prolific inventor in American history, Thomas Edison played a major role in creating industries that have altered life around the globe: electric light and power, recorded sound and motion pictures. He also made significant innovations in telecommunications, battery technology, office machinery, the manufacture of Portland Cement, and processes for working low-grade ores. He was able to contribute to such a wide array of industries because he was not a lone inventor. At his workshops and laboratories in Newark, Menlo Park, and West Orange in New Jersey, Edison brought together teams of skilled research assistants and machinists. These teams allowed him to do more than any one person could do. In the process he transformed invention by making it part of a larger process of research, development, and commercialization that we now call innovation. That transformation--as much as any single invention--has become a crucial feature of the modern world.

  • Includes a detailed chronology of Edison's life and work.
  • An introduction that provides an overview of Edison's life and work.
  • The A-to-Z section includes three hundred encyclopedic entries on Edison's inventions, laboratories, business enterprises, public image and numerous individuals with whom he was associated.
  • An extensive bibliography of Edison's publications and select interviews; modern, contemporaneous, and juvenile biographies; and thirteen subject areas related to Edison's work and influence.
  • The index thoroughly cross-references the chronological and encyclopedic entries.

About the Author

Paul Israel is director and general editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers.ContributorsLouis Carlat is managing editor of the book edition of the Thomas A. Edison Papers.Daniel Weeks is associate editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers.Alexandra Rimer is assistant editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers.Edward Bradley is editorial assistant of the Thomas A. Edison Papers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781538134269
ISBN-10: 1538134268
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: April 15th, 2024
Pages: 234
Language: English