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Edison - His Life and Inventions

Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin

Book Overview: 

A detailed biography of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of such things as the telephone, the microphone, the electric motor, the storage battery, and the electric light. In the words of the authors, “It is designed in these pages to bring the reader face to face with Edison; to glance at an interesting childhood and a youthful period marked by a capacity for doing things, and by an insatiable thirst for knowledge; then to accompany him into the great creative stretch of forty years, during which he has done so much."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lubbock (Lord Avebury) and the Right Hon. E. P. Bouverie (then a cabinet minister), none of whom could see in the telephone much more than an auxiliary for getting out promptly in the next morning's papers the midnight debates in Parliament. "I remember another incident," says Mr. Insull. "It was at some celebration of one of the Royal Societies at the Burlington House, Piccadilly. We had a telephone line running across the roofs to the basement of the building. I think it was to Tyndall's laboratory in Burlington Street. As the ladies and gentlemen came through, they naturally wanted to look at the great curiosity, the loud-speaking telephone: in fact, any telephone was a curiosity then. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone came through. I was handling the telephone at the Burlington House end. Mrs. Gladstone asked the man over the telephone whether he knew if a man or woman was speaking; and the reply came in quite loud tones that it was a man!"

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Community Reviews

This book was written while Edison was still alive, and by people who were close to him. I think it's clear that this book is heavily skewed in favor of Edison and by the close relationship of the authors to the subject. That being said, it gives great coverage to the inventions and stages of Edison

A good book to read if you know little about the extraordinary Thomas Edison. Published in 1910 and written by Frank Dyer, one of Mr. Edison’s patent attorneys while Dyer was employed by Mr. Edison, the book is an uncritical homage to Mr. Edison. Still there are wonderful stories told here, particul

This man, not this book, is notable. Amazing. Never tiring Edison kept creating with only short spurts of sleep each day. His imagination ran rampant all his days at least into 1910 when this book was written. A chemist and a vendor of newspapers on commuter trains in Michigan long before he got his

Very good biography as to what type of person he was. I think the body of the book had too much technical explanations that an average reader, not an engineer, found overwhelming. The appendix took an engineer to understand

Too much detail, too little where it was really needed. Yawn

Detailed. Contemporary. The Noble side of an inventor-entrepreneur

A methodical attempt at an authoritative biography by a couple of Edison's contemporaries. A bit dry, and too technical.

The book throws a remarkable insight into the life of Edison starting from his childhood days. Edison genius was in the extraordinary effort that he put into all his inventions combined with his eye for detail and uncompromising desire for perfection. The book is a long read since it goes in to a lo

Interesting, I little too much detail.

Dated since it was written in 1910 and biased since the author was in awe of Edison. I enjoyed portions of it but other sections dragged on. I would recommend it to others though and the price is right!

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