Central-station Electric Service: Its Commercial Development and Economic Significance as Set Forth in the Public Addresses (1897-1914) of Samuel Insull ...

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Priv. Print., 1915 - Electric power-plants - 495 pages

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Page 391 - Of all inventions, the alphabet and the printing press alone excepted, those inventions which abridge distance have done most for the civilization of our species. Every improvement of the means of locomotion benefits mankind morally and intellectually as well as materially, and not only facilitates the interchange of the various productions of nature and art, but...
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Page 391 - Esq., to those workers in physical science or technology, without regard to country, whose efforts, in the opinion of the Institute, acting through its Committee on Science and the Arts, have done most to advance a knowledge of physical science or its applications.
Page 392 - There be three things which make a nation great and prosperous : a fertile soil, busy workshops, and easy conveyance for men and goods from place to place.
Page xxx - The first few months I was with Edison he spent most of the time in the office at 65 Fifth Avenue. Then there was a great deal of trouble with the life of the lamps there, and he disappeared from the office and spent his time largely at Menlo Park. At another time there was a great deal of trouble with some of the details of construction of the dynamos, and Edison spent a lot of time at Goerck Street, which had been rapidly equipped with the idea of turning out bi-polar dynamo-electric machines,...
Page xxxiii - He was just as likely to be at work in his laboratory at midnight as at midday. He cared not for the hours of the day or the days of the week. If he were exhausted he might more likely be asleep in the middle of the day than in the middle of the night, as most of his work in the way of inventions was done at night. I used to run his office on as close business methods as my experience admitted ; and I would get at him whenever it suited his convenience.
Page 294 - The electrical requirements of the freight service of Chicago have been worked out for the same zone that is being considered by the Chicago Association of Commerce Committee on Smoke Abatement and Electrification of Railway Terminals.
Page xviii - ... little or no risks are involved. Profits have their source in the business ability, skill and foresight of the enterprisers or in their management. The enterpriser is a sort of an economic buffer who bears the shock and often much of the...
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Page xx - a benefactor to his country"? The standard definition of a national benefactor is "the man who causes two blades of grass to grow where one grew before.

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