Who Was Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Margaret Frith
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101639924
Release Date: 2005-12-29
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison’s inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly! Here’s an accessible, appealing biography with 100 black-and-white illustrations.

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Margaret Frith
Publisher:
ISBN: 1424221455
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Learn about a man who changed the world when he invented the electric lightbulb. Includes grey-scale illustrations, table of contents, bibliography and timelines. Chapter Book: 13 chapters.

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Margaret Frith
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 0606346341
Release Date: 2005-12-29
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

This accessible, appealing biography shines the light on Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric light bulb, along with the phonograph and a precursor to the movie camera called a kinetoscope. Illustrations.

Inventing the Future

Author: Marfe Ferguson Delano
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 9781426322204
Release Date: 2015-03-10
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Presents a biography of the tireless Thomas Edison, illustrated with many photos of his life and inventions.

The Wizard of Menlo Park

Author: Randall E. Stross
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307394565
Release Date: 2007-03-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Thomas Edison’s greatest invention? His own fame. At the height of his fame Thomas Alva Edison was hailed as “the Napoleon of invention” and blazed in the public imagination as a virtual demigod. Starting with the first public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and extending through the development of incandescent light and the first motion picture cameras, Edison’s name became emblematic of all the wonder and promise of the emerging age of technological marvels. But as Randall Stross makes clear in this critical biography of the man who is arguably the most globally famous of all Americans, Thomas Edison’s greatest invention may have been his own celebrity. Edison was certainly a technical genius, but Stross excavates the man from layers of myth-making and separates his true achievements from his almost equally colossal failures. How much credit should Edison receive for the various inventions that have popularly been attributed to him—and how many of them resulted from both the inspiration and the perspiration of his rivals and even his own assistants? This bold reassessment of Edison’s life and career answers this and many other important questions while telling the story of how he came upon his most famous inventions as a young man and spent the remainder of his long life trying to conjure similar success. We also meet his partners and competitors, presidents and entertainers, his close friend Henry Ford, the wives who competed with his work for his attention, and the children who tried to thrive in his shadow—all providing a fuller view of Edison’s life and times than has ever been offered before. The Wizard of Menlo Park reveals not only how Edison worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age.

Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Greg Roza
Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
ISBN: 9781622756964
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Most readers will recognize the name, but their information might be limited to Thomas Alva Edison's most famous inventions, including the light bulb, phonograph, and motion picture camera. This brief introductory biography introduces young readers to Edison's extraordinary life and brilliant mind. Beginning with his younger years, this book guides readers through his school and work experiences, highlighting his inspirations and other talents, such as salesmanship. An overview of his many later inventions make clear why he was called the "Wizard of Menlo Park" and has such a prominent place in history.

Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Michael Burgan
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 0756518849
Release Date: 2006-07-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Learn about the life of this American genius.

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Margaret Frith
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
ISBN: 0448437651
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A biography of the influential inventor who changed the way people live with his invention of the incandescent light bulb.

The Story of Thomas A Edison

Author: Inez Nellie Canfield McFee
Publisher:
ISBN: NYPL:33433082356704
Release Date: 1922
Genre: Electronic books

According to the inventor Thomas Alva Edison, "Genius is two percent inspiration and ninety-eight percent perspiration". Edison's work ethics are emphasized in his maxim and detailed in The Story of Thomas A. Edison, a biography which traces the life and work of this creative and fascinating, self-educated visionary who defied convention. Thomas Alva Edison, the "Wizard of Menlo Park", instinctively knew what people liked and needed. Best known for inventing the electric light bulb and the phonograph, he was also a pioneer of the motion picture industry. Edison created the kinetoscope, a precursor to the movie camera. He also designed the world's first motion picture studio dubbed the "Black Maria" where he made close to 300 experimental films documenting a vast array of subjects. Thomas Edison, the shy quiet genius who held over a thousand U.S. patents for his inventions, not only contributed significantly to research and technology worldwide, but he revolutionized the entire motion picture industry.

The Story of Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Margaret Cousins
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 0606119221
Release Date: 1997-03-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

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

Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Gene Adair
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195087994
Release Date: 1996-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Details the life and work of Thomas Edison, who developed the electric light bulb and over 1000 patents for other inventions and innovations.

A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison

Author: Alexandra Wallner
Publisher:
ISBN: 0823412466
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

An introduction to the genius with a curious mind who loved to experiment and who invented the phonograph, light bulb, movie camera, and numerous other items.