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Time Life American Inventors

Author : The Editors of TIME-LIFE
ISBN : 9781683302940
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri} From Thomas Edison to Alexander Graham Bell to Benjamin Franklin to Henry Ford to the Wright Brothers, our country has been built upon a foundation of innovation. A melting pot of diversity, America harbors a collaborative spirit and inspires an exchange of ideas where what is developed by one inventor is adopted by others and pushed further, improved, and perfected, fusing different perspectives together as one.

In this all-new special edition from TIME LIFE, American Inventors chronicles those minds that transformed the worlds of Industry, Information, Home, Health, and Transportation and inspired generations to come. Learn more about the inventors that went down in history for their vision, dedication and perseverance in this celebration of American ingenuity. As automotive inventor and businessman Charles Kettering once put it, although “the world hates change, it is the only thing that has brought progress” and this nation is composed of a rich history of genius that continues to inspire progress each and every day.

Reluctant Genius

Author : Charlotte Gray
ISBN : 9781628721409
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch, memorable only for his paunch, his Santa Claus beard, and the invention of the telephone. In this magisterial reassessment based on thorough new research, acclaimed biographer Charlotte Gray reveals Bell’s wide-ranging passion for invention and delves into the private life that supported his genius. The child of a speech therapist and a deaf mother, and possessed of superbly acute hearing, Bell developed an early interest in sound. His understanding of how sound waves might relate to electrical waves enabled him to invent the "talking telegraph” be- fore his rivals, even as he undertook a tempestuous courtship of the woman who would become his wife and mainstay. In an intensely competitive age, Bell seemed to shun fame and fortune. Yet many of his innovations?electric heating, using light to transmit sound, electronic mail, composting toilets, the artificial lung were far ahead of their time. His pioneering ideas about sound, flight, genetics, and even the engineering of complex structures such as stadium roofs still resonate today. This is an essential portrait of an American giant whose innovations revolutionized the modern world.

Flash Of Genius

Author : John Seabrook
ISBN : 0312535724
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Essays explore inspiration and entrepreneurship in everyday Americans, including the story of Bob Kearns, who invented the intermittent windshield wiper.

Inventive Genius

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ISBN : 0809476991
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Examines the contributions of inventors throughout history, including vulcanized rubber, the electric light, aniline dyes, Band-Aids, Velcro, and more


Author : Marc J. Seifer
ISBN : 0806519606
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A biography of the Croatian immigrant who, "has been called the patron saint of electricity."

Strange Brains And Genius

Author : Clifford A. Pickover
ISBN : 9780688168940
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Never has the term mad scientist been more fascinatingly explored than in internationally recognized popular science author Clifford Pickover's richly researched wild ride through the bizarre lives of eccentric geniuses. A few highlights: "The Pigeon Man from Manhattan" Legendary inventor Nikola Tesla had abnormally long thumbs, a peculiar love of pigeons, and a horror of women's pearls. "The Worm Man from Devonshire" Forefather of modern electric-circuit design Oliver Heaviside furnished his home with granite blocks and sometimes consumed only milk for days (as did Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison). "The Rabbit-Eater from Lichfield" Renowned scholar Samuel Johnson had so many tics and quirks that some mistook him for an idiot. In fact, his behavior matches modern definitions of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. Pickover also addresses many provocative topics: the link between genius and madness, the role the brain plays in alien abduction and religious experiences, UFOs, cryonics -- even the whereabouts of Einstein's brain!

Benjamin Franklin American Genius

Author : Brandon Marie Miller
ISBN : 9781613741306
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Tells the rich story of one of America's most celebrated Founding Fathers. Features his original writings and hands-on activities from his era, a time line, glossary, Web and travel resources, and reading list for further study.


Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 0802779433
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution. The scientific establishment of Europe-from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

Thomas Edison

Author : Lori Mortensen
ISBN : 9781404831056
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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"Highlights the life and inventions of the man who created the electric lightbulb, the phonograph, and the car battery"--Google.com.

Nikola Tesla

Author : Captivating History
ISBN : 1976598796
Genre : Electrical engineers
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Explore the Captivating Life of Nikola Tesla! Obsessive, brilliant, and tortured, Nikola Tesla was lauded for his invention of the alternating current (AC), and other significant contributions to science. His claim that "harnessing the forces of nature was the only worthwhile scientific endeavor" both impressed and enraged the scientific community. Eventually, his peers could no longer dismiss his eccentricities and began to view him as a crackpot - a potentially dangerous one. Although Tesla's work was a major factor in the success of the second Industrial Revolution, he died alone, impoverished, and largely shunned by the scientific community that once hailed him a genius. Beset by visions, without a wife or children, Nikola Tesla's brilliant mind changed the world, even though at the time of his death he passed unnoticed into obscurity. Some of the topics covered in this book include: Childhood Education and Early Career Patents and Politics The Eccentric Genius Tesla's Coil and the Niagara Contract Influential Friends and the Lure of Flight The Wardenclyffe Tower 1914 and Beyond And much more! Scroll to the top and select the "Add to Cart" button now to learn more about this fascinating man!

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