Edison, His Life and Inventions


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(3.6 stars; 31 reviews)

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. This book shows him plunged deeply into work for which he has always had an incredible capacity, reveals the exercise of his unsurpassed inventive ability, his keen reasoning powers, his tenacious memory, his fertility of resource; follows him through a series of innumerable experiments, conducted methodically, reaching out like rays of search-light into all the regions of science and nature, and finally exhibits him emerging triumphantly from countless difficulties bearing with him in new arts the fruits of victorious struggle." (written by Justin Barrett, with authors' quote taken from the work itself)

(29 hr 41 min)

Chapters

Introduction 5:38 Read by Justin S Barrett
The Age Of Electricity 13:42 Read by Justin S Barrett
Edison's Pedigree 21:43 Read by Justin S Barrett
Boyhood At Port Huron, Michigan 45:52 Read by Alana Jordan
The Young Telegraph Operator 30:02 Read by jude kaider
Arduous Years In The Central West 51:48 Read by ontheroad
Work And Invention In Boston 24:30 Read by ontheroad
The Stock Ticker 44:09 Read by RaySee
Automatic, Duplex, And Quadruplex Telegraphy 57:24 Read by Tysto
The Telephone, Motograph, And Microphone 1:07:55 Read by Heidi Preuss
The Phonograph 47:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Invention Of The Incandescent Lamp 51:21 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Memories Of Menlo Park 52:50 Read by Ralph Snelson
A World-Hunt For Filament Material 29:57 Read by Melissa
Inventing A Complete System Of Lighting 58:09 Read by Heidi Preuss
Introduction Of The Edison Electric Light 1:04:28 Read by Nelly (林子)
The First Edison Central Station 56:06 Read by Anthony Wilson
Other Early Stations -- the Meter 59:08 Read by Mitchell L Leopard
The Electric Railway 48:31 Read by Heidi Preuss
Magnetic Ore Milling Work 45:44 Read by William Kevin Manire
Edison Portland Cement 35:44 Read by Melissa
Motion Pictures 52:48 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The Development Of The Edison Storage Battery 39:39 Read by Heidi Preuss
Miscellaneous Inventions 36:57 Read by Kalynda
Edison's Method In Inventing 47:30 Read by Kalynda
The Laboratory At Orange And The Staff 45:24 Read by Alec Daitsman
Edison In Commerce And Manufacture 44:02 Read by Heidi Preuss
The Value Of Edison's Inventions To The World 52:10 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The Black Flag 1:10:14 Read by Mitchell L Leopard
The Social Side Of Edison 1:10:15 Read by Pamnache
Appendix: Introduction 2:17 Read by Melissa
Appendix I. The Stock Printer 14:45 Read by Melissa
Appendix II. The Quadruplex And Phonoplex 32:14 Read by Anna-Maria Viola
Appendix III. Automatic Telegraphy 18:51 Read by Heidi Preuss
Appendix IV. Wireless Telegraphy 30:24 Read by Heidi Preuss
Appendix V. The Electromotograph 9:22 Read by Anna Simon
Appendix VI. The Telephone 10:00 Read by Esther
Appendix VII. Edison's Tasimeter 5:16 Read by Justin S Barrett
Appendix VIII. The Edison Phonograph 14:57 Read by Esther
Appendix IX. The Incandescent Lamp 13:00 Read by Jerome Lawsen
Appendix X. Edison's Dynamo Work 32:04 Read by Melissa
Appendix XI. The Edison Feeder System 15:57 Read by Melissa
Appendix XII. The Three-Wire System 10:24 Read by Esther
Appendix XIII. Edison's Electric Railway 17:46 Read by Heidi Preuss
Appendix XIV. Train Telegraphy 5:59 Read by Esther
Appendix XV. Kinetograph And Projecting Kinetoscope 8:38 Read by Jerome Lawsen
Appendix XVI. Edison's Ore-Milling Inventions 18:14 Read by Melissa
Appendix XVII. The Long Cement Kiln 9:43 Read by Esther
Appendix XVIII. Edison's New Storage Battery 15:33 Read by Jerome Lawsen
Appendix XIX. Edison's Poured Cement House 9:26 Read by Esther
Appendix: List Of United States Patents, part 1 1:05:26 Read by Justin S Barrett
Appendix: List Of United States Patents, part 2 47:56 Read by Esther
Appendix: Foreign Patents 2:30 Read by Justin S Barrett

Reviews

Edison

(5 stars)

what a fantastic story brought his life to life I have been to the Edison ford museum it now Bringks it all to life

(3.5 stars)

the lady reading chapter 15 is terrible. but other than that great book

Essential reading

(5 stars)

All of our lives have been touched by this amazing, driven man. The book is particularly interesting to the engineering mind.

Edison scum

(3 stars)

I have to agree with one of the reviewers. Edison was not a good person at all. Almost everything that he claimed credit for was someone else’s work (mostly Tesla’s). I cannot believe that he is, to this day, getting away with this and that greater masses are ignorant about this thief’s wrong doings.

Edison was a dick

(1 stars)

The man was a ruthless, narcissistic ego-maniac with no scruples whatsoever, and made his name on the works of his betters. Tesla was always in all ways the better man and mind.