Edison: A Life of Invention


Edison: A Life of Invention by Paul Israel

Synopsis: The conventional story of Thomas Edison reads more like myth than history: With only three months of formal education, a hardworking young man overcomes the odds and becomes one of the greatest inventors in history. But the portrait that emerges from Edison: A Life of Invention reveals a man of genius and astonishing foresight whose career was actually a product of his fast-changing era. In this peerless biography, Paul Israel exposes for the first time the man behind the inventions, expertly situating his subject within a thoroughly realized portrait of a burgeoning country on the brink of massive change. Informed by Israel’s unprecedented access to workshop diaries, notebooks, letters, and more than five million pages of archives, this definitive biography brings fresh insights to a singularly influential and triumphant career in science.


Published: September 1998 | ISBN-13: 978-0471362708

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Wikipedia

Mini-bio: Paul Israel has made the study of American invention and innovation his specialty.  A former Californian, Dr. Israel came East more than three decades ago to do research for a book on Thomas Edison and the electric light.  After he joined the staff of the Edison Papers, he earned his Ph.D. in history from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  Today he is the Director and General Editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers.

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