Thomas Alva Edison: Sixty Years of an Inventor's Life

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T. Y.Crowell & Company, 1908 - Inventors - 362 pages
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Page 11 - I was stupid, and at last I almost decided that I must really be a dunce. My mother was always kind, always sympathetic, and she never misunderstood or misjudged me.
Page 124 - What was the matter? Why, it was these Porter governors! When the circus commenced the men who were standing around ran out precipitately, and some of them kept running for a block or two. I grabbed the throttle of one engine and EH Johnson, who was the only one present to keep his wits, caught hold of the other and we shut them off.
Page 170 - Edison stated that he was attempting to devise "an instrument which would do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, and that by the combination of the two all motion and sound could be recorded and reproduced simultaneously.
Page 102 - Well, we sent out and bought some cotton thread, carbonized it, and made the first filament. We had already managed to get pretty high vacua, and we thought, maybe, the filament would be stable. We built the lamp and turned on the current. It lit up, and in the first few breathless minutes we measured its resistance quickly and found it was 275 ohms — all we wanted. Then we sat down and looked at that lamp. We wanted to see how long it would burn. The problem was solved — if the filament would...
Page 116 - The invention further consists in placing such burner of great resistance in a nearly perfect vacuum, to prevent oxidation and injury to the conductor by the atmosphere. The current is conducted into the vacuum bulb through platina wires sealed into the glass.
Page 116 - I have discovered that even a cotton thread properly carbonized and placed in a sealed glass bulb exhausted to one millionth of an atmosphere, offers from one hundred to five hundred ohms...
Page 101 - I had just finished working on the carbon-button telephone, and this electric-light idea took possession of me. It was easy to see what the thing needed: it wanted to be subdivided. The light was too bright and too big. What we wished for was little lights, and a distribution of them to people's houses in a manner similar to gas. Grovernor P. Lowry thought that perhaps I could succeed in solving the problem, and he raised a little money and formed the Edison Electric Light Company. The way we worked...
Page 12 - One day I overheard the teacher tell the inspector that I was 'addled' and it would not be worth while keeping me in school any longer. I was so hurt by .X this last straw that I burst out crying and went home / and told my mother about it.
Page 124 - It worked, but only for a few minutes, when it busted. That man sat around that shop and slept in it for three weeks until he got his engine right and made it work the way he wanted it to. "When he reached this period, I gave orders for the...

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