THOMAS ALVA EDISON by Gene Adair

THOMAS ALVA EDISON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The latest entry in the Oxford Portraits in Science series chronicles the life of ``the wizard of Menlo Park'' from his beginnings as a budding telegrapher and troublemaker, through his major inventions, and up to his death in 1931, a wealthy, self-made American hero. Adair also covers innovations in telegraphy and mining in this lively biography, which focuses on Edison's work more than his personal life or character. The author moves quickly from achievement to achievement, including Edison's failures, sidebars on the workings of his most important inventions, and uses others made of his discoveries to create entire industries. This foray into the workshops of a gifted and prolific inventor is fascinating. (b&w photos, reproductions, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-19-508799-2
Page count: 141pp
Publisher: Oxford Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1996