The Boy who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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An inspiring true story of a boy genius.

Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image. This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The author’s afterword discusses the lawsuit Farnsworth waged and won against RCA when his high school science teacher testified that Philo’s invention of television was years before RCA’s.

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User Review  - egiddi1 - LibraryThing

I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked this book because of the illustrations. The illustrations are very detailed and enhance the story. For example when Philo and his father ... Read full review

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User Review  - sottallah - LibraryThing

This biography was about Philo Farnsworth. This book was very interesting, as I did not know who Philo Farnsworth was! It discussed his life and his passion for science and his invention of the TV ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Kathleen Krull is the author of a number of highly praised picture-book biographies. She lives in San Diego, California.

Greg Couch is the illustrator of Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson and many other picture books. He lives in Nyack, New York.

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