Insisting on the Impossible: The Life of Edwin Land, Inventor of Instant Photography

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DIANE Publishing Company, Jun 1, 2000 - 510 pages
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The major innovations that Land was able to achieve in photography and optics carry priceless lessons for readers today. Second only to Edison in the number of patents he received (535), Land built a modest enterprise into a gigantic "invention factory," turning out not only polarizers and the first instant cameras, but also high-speed and X-ray film, ID systems, 3-D and instant movies, and military devices for night vision and aerial reconnaissance. As a scientist, Land developed a new theory of color vision; as a science advisor to Eisenhower during the Cold War he spearheaded the development of the U-2 spy plane and helped design NASA. "A heroic biography."

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User Review  - reellis67 - LibraryThing

This is a very in-depth look at Edwin Land, the man who founded Polaroid. It covers his earliest efforts to make polarizing sheets in his college years, through the founding and exponential growth of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tara van Brederode - Goodreads

Read this for its descriptions of Land's patent battles with my great-grandfather, Robert Armstrong Smith. Fascinating stuff, but incomplete...my grandmother wrote a little profile of her father that ... Read full review

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