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Tate Of course, some scientists are also inventors. But there is a difference.
A person acting scientifically is trying to understand the natural world, whether or not that understanding is economically useful. An inventor tries to create something new that will have practical application. In both cases there is a sense of challenge in the pursuit and a sense of achievement in the result.
Thomas Edison, S. He received little formal education, but showed an interest in chemistry and began experimenting to teach himself more about the subject. At age 12 he went to work selling newspapers and sundries on a train between Port Huron and Detroit.
This gave him money to buy experimental materials, and also gave the voracious reader access to the Detroit Public Library. When Edison saved the life of a child inthe grateful father manager of the Mount Clemens railroad station taught Edison telegraphy. Entranced by the new technology, Edison took up the life of an itinerant "Knight of the Key.
He received his first patent for an electric vote recorder inbut this invention failed to sell. During the next six years he developed a new stock ticker and a "quadruplex" telegraph, inventions that not only sold well but allowed him to establish an "invention factory" in Menlo Park, S.
The two-story, frame building contained as many chemicals and instruments as he could afford, as well as talented associates. Several other buildings were added as the need arose. Menlo Park was the embryo of the modern research laboratory -- a place where the inventor could have at his fingertips the materials and expertise to turn his ideas into physical form.
None of his contemporaries had such a marvelous tool. Edison built a house for his family just down the lane from the laboratory. Other married members of the staff also built homes nearby.
Most of the bachelors stayed in a boarding house run by Mrs. Sarah Jordan, a distant Edison relative. This close proximity suited Edison, who often had his lunch brought in and thought nothing of working with his men late into the night.
At one end of the large room on the second floor was placed a pipe-organ, which Edison would occasionally play for relaxation. This invention made his reputation as "the Wizard of Menlo Park. He now had both the lab and the financial backing to tackle a problem that had frustrated inventors since the s, how to make a practical incandescent light bulb.
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Full text of "Fairchild CCD Solid State Imaging Technology " See other formats. A Brief History of the Light Bulb The electric light, one of the everyday conveniences that most affects our lives, was not “invented” in the traditional sense in by Thomas Alva Edison, although he could be said to have created the first commercially practical incandescent light.
The next big change in the incandescent bulb came with the invention of the tungsten filament by European inventors in These new tungsten filament bulbs lasted longer and had a brighter light compared to the carbon filament bulbs.
In , Irving Langmuir figured out that placing an inert gas like nitrogen inside the bulb doubled its efficiency.
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