The Papers of Thomas A. Edison: Research to Development at Menlo Park, January 1879-March 1881

Author:   Thomas A. Edison (Thomas A. Edison Papers) ,  Paul B. Israel (Director and General Editor, Thomas A. Edison Papers) ,  Louis Carlat (On Mondays and Fridays:, Thomas A. Edison Papers) ,  David Hochfelder (University at Albany, SUNY)
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN:  

9780801831041


Pages:   1152
Publication Date:   12 November 2004
Recommended Age:   From 17
Format:   Hardback
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The Papers of Thomas A. Edison: Research to Development at Menlo Park, January 1879-March 1881


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The fifth volume of The Papers of Thomas A. Edison covers Edison's invention and development of the first commercial incandescent electric light and power system. In the process he turned his famed Menlo Park laboratory into the first true research and development facility. This also enabled him to develop a new telephone for the British market in the midst of his herculean efforts on electric lighting. In the face of daunting technical challenges and skepticism from leading scientists and engineers, Edison and his team of experimenters and machinists found the solution to the decades-old problem of creating a practical incandescent lamp. By focusing on the characteristics of the entire system Edison reconceptualized the requirements of a successful lamp design. While rivals worked primarily on lamps, Edison developed other parts of a complete system as well. This approach was most notable in his revolutionary work on generator technology, one of the highlights of this volume. Successful exhibitions of the system in December 1879 drew crowds to Menlo Park to witness the softly glowing lamps. These spectacles gratified his financial backers but Edison realized the importance of following experimental demonstrations with the hard work of commercial development. He needed to make each component work effectively in daily use and to improve the designs so that they were easy to use and inexpensive to manufacture. To create a daytime market for electricity he also developed electric motors for a variety of uses, including electric railways, for which he built a small demonstration line at Menlo Park. To accomplish all this Edison greatly enlarged his staff to as many as sixty experimenters, machinists, carpenters, and office workers. He began manufacturing lamps at a factory in Menlo Park. At the end of 1880, Edison was ready to move his system into commercial production and made plans to produce other components in New York. He also invited New York officials to a demonstration in order to win their approval for running underground lines in lower Manhattan, where he planned to put his first commercial central station. In March 1881, he moved to the Edison Electric Light Company's headquarters on Fifth Avenue and began the hard work of introducing the new electric light and power technology.

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Author:   Thomas A. Edison (Thomas A. Edison Papers) ,  Paul B. Israel (Director and General Editor, Thomas A. Edison Papers) ,  Louis Carlat (On Mondays and Fridays:, Thomas A. Edison Papers) ,  David Hochfelder (University at Albany, SUNY)
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 18.40cm , Height: 5.50cm , Length: 26.00cm
Weight:   2.268kg
ISBN:  

9780801831041


ISBN 10:   0801831040
Pages:   1152
Publication Date:   12 November 2004
Recommended Age:   From 17
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  General ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
The supplier is temporarily out of stock of this item. It will be ordered for you on backorder and shipped when it becomes available.

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<p>What is most extraordinary about the collection isn't necessarily what it reveals about Edison's inventions... It's the insight into the process.--Chris Newmarker Associated Press


Those interested in America's technological culture can eagerly look forward to the appearance of each volume of the Edison Papers. -- Technology and Culture


What is most extraordinary about the collection isn't necessarily what it reveals about Edison's inventions... It's the insight into the process. -- Chris Newmarker Associated Press Those interested in America's technological culture can eagerly look forward to the appearance of each volume of the Edison Papers. Technology and Culture


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Paul B. Israel is director and editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers University. Louis Carlat and David Hochfelder are, respectively, managing editor and assistant editor. Keith A. Nier is a former editor of the project.

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