The Last Lone Inventor
In a story that is both of its time and timeless, Evan I. Schwartz tells a tale of genius versus greed, innocence versus deceit, and independent brilliance versus corporate arrogance. Many men have laid claim to the title "father of television," but Philo T. Farnsworth is the true genius behind what may be the most influential invention of our time.
Driven by his obsession to demonstrate his idea,by the age of twenty Farnsworth was operating his own laboratory above a garage in San Francisco and filing for patents. The resulting publicity caught the attention of RCA tycoon David Sarnoff, who became determined to control television in the same way he monopolized radio.
Based on original research, including interviews with Farnsworth family members, The Last Lone Inventor is the story of the epic struggle between two equally passionate adversaries whose clash symbolized a turning point in the culture of creativity.
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THE LAST LONE INVENTOR: A Tale of Genius, Deceit and the Birth of TelevisionUser Review - Kirkus
Hot on the heels of Daniel Stashower's The Boy Genius and the Mogul (p. 241), another account of the competition between inventor Philo Farnsworth and RCA head David Sarnoff to develop television and ... Read full review
The last lone inventor: a tale of genius, deceit, & the birth of televisionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This is a lively and engaging account of the conception and invention of both television and the system of network broadcasting in the United States. Schwartz (Digital Darwinism, Webonomics) tells the ... Read full review
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The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television
Evan I. Schwartz
No preview available - 2002