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The Resource The spirit of invention : the story of the thinkers, creators, and dreamers who formed our nation, Julie M. Fenster

The spirit of invention : the story of the thinkers, creators, and dreamers who formed our nation, Julie M. Fenster

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The spirit of invention : the story of the thinkers, creators, and dreamers who formed our nation
Title
The spirit of invention
Title remainder
the story of the thinkers, creators, and dreamers who formed our nation
Statement of responsibility
Julie M. Fenster
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Language
eng
Summary
An illustrated appreciation of America's spirit of invention, which introduces unique characters whose insistence on change for the better made America what it is today. This book is a fascinating examination of innovation as a driving characteristic of Americans from all eras and all walks of life. In this book we meet Gertrude Forbes, a sickly widow so poor she had to live in her aunt's attic, who overcame the odds to invent, among other things, an adjustable ironing board cover. We follow Cromwell Dixon, a fifteen-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, whose dreams of finding a way to fly inspired him to invent a bicycle-powered airship. We see John Dove, an African-American inventor, originating concepts integral to the compact disc. We learn about Purdue University, one of the earliest educational institutions to promote invention and engineering ideas. We eavesdrop on Thomas Edison in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, and also find out about the beginnings of film colorization, a controversial process that adds tint to film. And we read about Luther Burbank and how he revolutionized plant breeding. The book even reviews the invention of illegal devices such as the "light wand," which induced slot machines to pay out on every spin, and we are introduced to a poker player who invented a "holdout" that allowed him to conceal cards in a shirt sleeve during games
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VPW
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Fenster, J. M.
Dewey number
609.73
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
T21
LC item number
.F46 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Smithsonian Books (Publisher)
  • Lemelson Center
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.)
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  • Smithsonian Books (Publisher)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.)
  • Lemelson Center
  • Inventors
  • Inventions
  • Inventors
  • Inventions
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The spirit of invention : the story of the thinkers, creators, and dreamers who formed our nation, Julie M. Fenster
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Publication
Note
  • "Smithsonian Books."
  • Published in association with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-199) and index
Contents
The life of an inventor. Who is an inventor? ; Aunt Orinda : family and childhood ; The gathering minds : journals, fairs, and universities ; Mavericks at work : the Industrial Research Laboratory ; The contagion of ideas : research institution -- The world and the inventor. The palette of the inventor : color as the medium ; Strains never heard before : sound and music ; The irresistible invention : food and the taste of something new ; Touch and the physical world : unleashing the human body ; The larger world : laws and long-standing truths
Control code
ocn370437355
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 209 p.
Isbn
9780061231896
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)370437355
Label
The spirit of invention : the story of the thinkers, creators, and dreamers who formed our nation, Julie M. Fenster
Publication
Note
  • "Smithsonian Books."
  • Published in association with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-199) and index
Contents
The life of an inventor. Who is an inventor? ; Aunt Orinda : family and childhood ; The gathering minds : journals, fairs, and universities ; Mavericks at work : the Industrial Research Laboratory ; The contagion of ideas : research institution -- The world and the inventor. The palette of the inventor : color as the medium ; Strains never heard before : sound and music ; The irresistible invention : food and the taste of something new ; Touch and the physical world : unleashing the human body ; The larger world : laws and long-standing truths
Control code
ocn370437355
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 209 p.
Isbn
9780061231896
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)370437355

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