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Edison, His Life and Inventions

Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin

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1. 00 – Introduction
2. 01 – The Age of Electricity
3. 02 – Edison’s Pedigree
4. 03 – Boyhood At Port Huron, Michigan
5. 04 – The Young Telegraph Operator
6. 05 – Arduous Years In The Central West
7. 06 – Work And Invention In Boston
8. 07 – The Stock Ticker
9. 08 – Automatic, Duplex, and Quadruplex Telegraphy
10. 09 – The Telephone, Motograph, and Microphone
11. 10 – The Phonograph
12. 11 – The Invention Of The Incandescent Lamp
13. 12 – Memories Of Menlo Park
14. 13 – A World Hunt for Filament Material
15. 14 – A Complete System of Lighting
16. 15 – Introduction Of The Edison Electric Light
17. 16 – The First Edison Central Station
18. 17 – Other Early Stations — the Meter
19. 18 – The Electric Railway
20. 19 – Magentic Ore Milling Work
21. 20 – Edison Portland Cement
22. 21 – Motion Pictures
23. 22 – The Development Of The Edison Storage Battery
24. 23 – Miscellaneous Inventions
25. 24 – Edison’s Method In Inventing
26. 25 – The Laboratory At Orange And The Staff
27. 26 – Edison In Commerce And Manufacture
28. 27 – Value of Edison’s Inventions to the World
29. 28 – The Black Flag
30. 29 – The Social Side Of Edison
31. 30 – Introduction to Appendix
32. 31 – Appendix I. The Stock Printer
33. 32 – Appendix II. The Quadruplex And Phonoplex
34. 33 – Appendix III. Automatic Telegraphy
35. 34 – Appendix IV. Wireless Telegraphy
36. 35 – Appendix V. The Electromotograph
37. 36 – Appendix VI. The Telephone
38. 37 – Appendix VII. Edison’s Tasimeter
39. 38 – Appendix VIII. The Edison Phonograph
40. 39 – Appendix IX. The Incandescent Lamp
41. 40 – Appendix X. Edison’s Dynamo Work
42. 41 – Appendix XI. The Edison Feeder System
43. 42 – Appendix XII. The Three Wire System
44. 43 – Appendix XIII. Edison’s Electric Railway
45. 44 – Appendix XIV. Train Telegraphy
46. 45 – Appendix XV. Kinetograph And Projecting Kinetoscope
47. 46 – Appendix XVI. Edison’s Ore-Milling Inventions
48. 47 – Appendix XVII. The Long Cement Kiln
49. 48 – Appendix XVIII. Edison’s New Storage Battery
50. 49 – Appendix XIX. Edison’s Poured Cement House
51. 50 – Appendix: List Of United States Patents, part 1
52. 51 – Appendix: List Of United States Patents, part 2
53. 52 – Appendix: Foreign Patents

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One of the most prolific and multi-talented geniuses the world has ever seen, Thomas Alva Edison's life is indeed an inspiration for each new generation. Today we live in a world that would not have been possible if not for several of his important inventions – the electric light bulb, the motion picture camera, electric power distribution, the phonograph, and a host of other things that we take for granted today. In fact, he still holds the world record for the maximum number of patents, numbering 1093 in all! Edison – His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin, published in 1910 was in fact a biography commissioned by Edison himself. Dyer was a patent attorney who worked for Edison, while Commerford was a technical magazine editor who published many of Edison's papers. There is consequently a great deal of focus on the technical aspects of his inventions and not so much on his personality and nature. However, as a chronological account of his life, the biography does full justice to its title. This brilliant scientist, businessman and inventor had in fact, practically no formal education. He actually went to school only for three months in his life. His mother provided support and motivation for the hearing-impaired child, who taught himself to read and discovered his love for science by reading books like Parker's The School of Natural Philosophy, etc. A notable feature of the book is that it was written in Edison's own lifetime and hence captures the feel of being very contemporary. There are many anecdotes and stories which the great man himself has contributed or has directly conveyed to the authors, hence the flavor is very authentic and realistic and conveys the excitement and thrill of the life and times of this master inventor. A great inspiration for all ages!

Reviews

Joe Santangelo

- Very Detailed

The book focused on many many inventions in such detail that it takes away from the remarkable life story of this amazing man. Reader did a fine job throughout the entire story.

Deepak

- Science

Great book.