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by Frank Lewis Dyer,Thomas Commerford Martin

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Frank Lewis Dyer,Thomas Commerford Martin
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A detailed biography of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of such things as the telephone, the microphone, the electric motor .

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.

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. There is consequently a great deal of focus on the technical aspects of his inventions and not so much on his personality and nature.

Author: Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin. Release Date: January 21, 2006 Last Updated: January 26, 2013. General Counsel For The Edison Laboratory And Allied Interests.

Book Description Thomas Commerford Martin. Ex-President Of The American Institute Of Electrical Engineers. By Frank Lewis Dyer, Thomas Commerford Martin.

Thomas Commerford Martin. Edison his life and inventions. Chapter I. The age of electricity. Release Date: January 21, 2006. Last Updated: January 26, 2013.

Frank Lewis DYER (1870 - 1941) and Thomas Commerford MARTIN (1856 - 1924). 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

Frank Lewis DYER (1870 - 1941) and Thomas Commerford MARTIN (1856 - 1924). 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.

American youths to-day are given, if of a mechanical turn of mind, to amateur telegraphy or telephony, but seldom, if ever, have to make any part of the system constructed. In Edison's boyish days it was quite different, and telegraphic supplies were hard to obtain. But he and his chum had a line between their homes, built of common stove-pipe wire. The insulators were bottles set on nails driven into trees and short poles.
  • Dream
"Edison: His Life and Inventions" by Frank L. Dyer and Thomas C. Martin was written in 1910 when Thomas Edison was still alive and actively contributed to its writing. The first few chapters which covered Edison's childhood and adolescence was a fascinating insight as to the home schooled boy before he became one of the world's most prolific electrical geniuses. But after that it became bogged down in technical detail of armatures and carbon rods. There was scant mention of his personal life and a wife is only referred to in passing. Totally omitted was the infamous feud with Westinghouse of direct current verses alternating current. Likewise the electrocution of an unfortunate horse (though some sources claim the animal was an elephant) with alternating current. I am afraid this book concentrates too much on the technical details and too little on the man.
  • Fawrindhga
Written in early 20th Century while Edison was alive. The author was a friend and admirer of Edison and in the writing style of the day paid tribute to Edison's accomplishments. I purposely wanted a narration written with complex sentences that made the reading slow down. Also I wanted a bit of technology which the book supplied to enlarge my understanding of electricity.
  • Cozius
[Originally published in 1910]

Commissioned by Edison himself, as a tool for his self-promotion, this nonetheless very informative and useful biography was written by Dyer (an Edison patent attorney) and Martin (a technical magazine publisher and editor). It was written when Edison was 63 (he lived to 84, dying in 1931). Although the book could rightfully be called a panegyric, with little criticism of Edison, that is not to say that it is without value. Although a biography, it is not an introspective work, and at its conclusion, one is unlikely to feel that he "knows" Edison as a person. Although capably written, the writing isn't likely to blow you away. Also, since it was written relatively early in the "electrification" phase of history, it is not able to put Edison's work and achievements in historical context, as a more modern work would. Finally, there is no mention made of the AC vs. DC controversy, and only the briefest of mentions is made of his significant rivals, such as Westinghouse and Tesla. However, to be fair, this book is subtitled "His Life and Inventions", and that's basically what is is about. One advantage of being written "in the moment" so to speak, is that the book conveys scenes from Edison's life with a vividness and immediateness that a later book could not. There are a lot of stories in the book that are quoted directly to the authors from Edison himself. Given the nature of the authors, I would have expected a little more technical explanation in the book. There is some, and there is a lengthy appendix (about 140 pages) which goes into more detail on each of his major inventions. All in all, I liked this book. It tells you what Edison thought was important about his work, and his life. It is part propaganda, to be sure, but it is also factual, at least to the extent I could verify. I have read some of his patents (you can actually get copies), I have even read some of his patent litigation (court opinions). I personally believe that this book was simply part and parcel of the man's life work - a search for truth. Although he became quite wealthy as a result of his productivity, he wasn't nearly as wealthy as he could have been. For example, any inventions he created in the medical field, he simply gave to the public domain. And for some of his major inventions - for example, the incandescent lightbulb - the cost and time it took to fight off patent infringers severely limited his ability to make any money from it. And he usually plowed back into his laboratory most of any profit he made. He simply wasn't that concerned with money, he was concerned with solving problems.
  • Cobyno
The book is published on letter size paper and the print is fine and in one huge column. I found it difficult to to follow. 2 columns would have been far better. There are foot notes in the middle of the pages. ??? Maybe there should have been diagrams in these positions.But where are the pictures and diagrams. As an inventor there must be hundreds that could have been included. But not one. This is a very amateur publication. I do not recommend it. As a reference it is fine but spend more money and get a better read elsewhere.
  • Alsanadar
The story of the life of Edison is very interesting. The author has an old style of writing that takes a little getting used to.
It appears, however, that the text has been somehow electronically transcribed for this book. There are a few typo errors, here and there, such as dashes or commas for no apparent reason. However, this in no way distracts from Edison's intriguing life experiences and story flow.
  • Dolid
This book was written in 1910 when Edison was still alive. Many passages of the storys are related by Edison himself. There are detailed accounts of the development of the many inventions made by Edison. His early childhood and young adult years are very fascinating as Edison dropped out of school at an early age and never had any advanced education, yet was able to deal with the best minds of his age. I was surprised at how many things he either invented by himself or improved on. Truly one of the great Americans and one of the great innovators of any age. The text can get a little technical at times.
  • Gogul
Edison, His Life and Inventions (mobi)

This book does a good job of explaining Edison's personality, and a great job of explaining his achievements. The book is obviously carefully researched, and demonstrates a deep technical understanding of Edison's inventions. Thomas Edison was a prodigious inventor and a symbol of the American entrepreneurial spirit. His influence on the 20th century through the electric light, the phonograph, and his other inventions truly transformed the American experience. The book is well written, and I enjoyed reading it, and a reader looking for an understanding of Edison's inventions will not be disappointed. The Kindle edition of this book is very good!
I can honestly say that this is the first book I have stopped reading before finishing. This was the most poorly written and edited piece of work ever. Although there were a few interesting segments, I'd search for another biography about Edison.