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Thomas Alva Edison





Milan (Ohio) 11.February.1847- West Orange (New Jersey) 18.October.1931)




   
 


Bibliography
     


 
  

1876
W. Bernard Carlson and Michael E. Gorman, "Thinking and Doing at Menlo Park: Edison's Development of the Telephone,  1876–1878" in Pretzer, Working at Inventing and "A Cognitive Framework to Understand Technological Creativity: Bell,



 

1894
Dickson, W. K. and Dickson, A. Life and Inventions of Thomas Alva Edison. New York: Thomas Crowell, 1894.



 

1910
Dyer, Frank Lewis, and Thomas C. Martin, Edison, His Life and Inventions. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1910.



 

1929
 Frank L. Dyer and Thomas C. Martin, with William H.      Meadowcroft, Edison: His Life and Inventions 2 vols. (New York: Harper & Bros., 1910; rev. ed. 1929)



 

1934
Adams, W. S. Edison: His Life, His Work, His Genius. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs Merrill, 1934



 

1958
Hughes, "Harold P. Brown and the Executioner's Current:  An Incident in the AC-DC Controversy," Business History Review 32 (1958): 143–65;



 

1959
Josephson, Matthew. Edison: A Biography. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1959.



 

1971
Byron Vanderbilt, Thomas Edison, Chemist (Washington, D.C.:    American Chemical Society, 1971)



 

1976
Oliver Read and Walter L. Welch, From Tin Foil to Stereo: The Evolution of the Phonograph (Indianapolis: Howard Sams & Co., 1976).



 

1976
Terry     Reynolds and Theodore Bernstein, "The Damnable Alternating Current," Proceedings of the IEEE 64 (1976): 1339–43;



 

1977
Hughes, "Edison's Method" in William B. Pickett, ed., Technology    at the Turning Point (San Francisco: San Francisco Press, 1977): 5–22;



 

1979
Edison's personality and family relations are Robert Conot, A Streak of Luck  (New York: Seaview Press, 1979)



 

1979
Conot, Robert. Thomas A. Edison: A Streak of Luck. New York: Da Capo Press, Inc., 1979



 

1979
Hughes, "The Electrification of America: The  System Builders," Technology and Culture 20 (1979): 124–61



 

1979
Bernard Finn, Robert Friedel, Edison: Lighting a Revolution, exhibition catalog (1979)



 

1980
David A. Hounshell, "Edison and the Pure Science Ideal in 19th-Century America,"     Science 207 (1980): 612-17.



 

1981
Wyn Wachhorst, Thomas     Alva Edison: An American Myth (Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1981)



 

1981
Wachhorst, Wyn. Thomas Alva Edison, an American Myth. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1981.



 

1981
Margaret Cousins, The Story of Thomas Alva Edison (1981)



 

1982
Richard H. Schallenberg, Bottled Energy: Electrical Engineering and the Evolution of Chemical Energy Storage       (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1982);



 

1983
 Thomas Parke Hughes, Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880–1930
     (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983)




 

1983
W. Bernard Carlson, "Edison in the Mountains: The Magnetic Ore Separation Venture, 1879–1900," History of   Technology 8 (1983): 37–59;



 

1984
Paul M. Dennis, "The Edison Questionnaire," Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 20 (1984): 23–37.



 

1985
Robert Friedel, Paul Israel, with Bernard Finn, Edison's Electric Light: The Biography of an Invention (1985)



 

1985
Carol Greene, Thomas Alva Edison, Bringer of Light (1985)



 

1986
Electric Light and Power     Robert Friedel and Paul Israel, with Bernard S. Finn, Edison's Electric Light: Biography of an Invention (New   Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1986)


 


1987
James D. Newton,    Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel & Charles Lindbergh    (San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1987).



 

1987
Leonard Reich, "Edison, Coolidge, and Langmuir: Evolving Approaches to American Industrial
     Research," Journal of Economic History 47 (June 1987): 341–51




 

1987
On the battle of the systems see W. Bernard Carlson    and A. J. Millard, "Defining Risk within a Business Context: Thomas A. Edison, Elihu Thomson, and the A.C.-D.C.   Controversy, 1885–1900" in B. B. Johnson and V. T. Covello, eds., The Social and Cultural Construction of Risk   (Boston: Reidel Publishing Co., 1987): 275–93



 

1987
John Harvith and Susan    Edwards Harvith, eds. Edison, Musicians and the Phonograph: A Century in Retrospect (New York: Greenwood   Press, 1987)



 

1988
W. Bernard Carlson, "Thomas Edison as a Manager of R&D: The     Case of the Alkaline Storage Battery, 1895–1915," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 7 (Dec. 1988): 4–12.



 

1989
William S. Pretzer, ed., Working at Inventing: Thomas Edison and the Menlo Park Experience (Dearborn, Mich.:     Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 1989);



 

1989
Terry Reynolds and Theodore Bernstein, "Edison and the 'Chair,'" IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 8 (1989):    19–28.



 

1989
William Pretzer (editor), Working at Invention: Thomas A. Edison and the Menlo Park Experience (1989)



 

1990
Andre J. Millard, Edison and the Business of Invention (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1990);



   

1990
Martin V. Melosi, Thomas A. Edison and the Modernization of America (Glenview, Ill.: Scott,   Foresman/Little, Brown Higher Education, 1990)



 

1990
Jehl, Francis. Menlo Park Reminiscences. New York: Dover Publications, 1990.



 

1990
Millard, Andre. Edison and the Business of Innovation. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990



 

1991
W. Bernard    Carlson, "Building Thomas Edison's Laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey: A Case Study in Using Craft Knowledge for    Technological Invention, 1886–1888," History of Technology 13 (1991): 150-67.



 

1991
Paul A. David, "The Hero and the Herd in Technological History:     Reflections on Thomas Edison and the Battle of the Systems," in Patrice Higgonet et al., eds., Technology, Growth, and  Economic Development since the Industrial Revolution (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1991): 72–119;



 

1991
 Brian Bowers, "Edison and early electrical engineering in  Britain," History of Technology 13 (1991): 168–80;



 

1991
Michael Peterson, "Thomas Edison, Failure," American Heritage of Invention &     Technology 6 (Winter 1991): 8–14.



 

1991
 H.Ward Jandl, et al, Yesterday's Houses of Tomorrow: Innovative American Homes 1850–1950 (Washington D.C.:    Preservation Press, 1991):



 

1991
Paul Israel and Robert Rosenberg, "Patent Office Records as a Historical Source: The Case of Thomas Edison,"    Technology and Culture 32 (1991): 1094–1101.



 

1992
Matthew Josephson, Edison: A Biography
 (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959; reprint New York: John Wiley & Sons,  1992).




 

1992
Bowers,"Edison and Hopkinson: Transatlantic Relations in Electrical  Engineering in the Early 1880s" in Monique Trédé, ed., Électricité et électrification dans le monde (Paris: Presses Univ.   de France, 1992)



  

1992
Josephson, M. Edison: A Biography. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1992.



 

1992
Paul Israel, From Machine Shop to Industrial Laboratory: Telegraphy and the Changing Context of American    Invention, 1830–1920 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992).



 

1992
David,    "Heroes, Herds, and Hysteresis in Technological History: Thomas Edison and 'The Battle of the Systems' Reconsidered,"   Industrial and Corporate Change v. 1, no. 1, 1992, p. 129–80



 

1992
Edison, and the Telephone" in Robert J. Weber, Inventive Minds: Creativity in Technology (New York and Oxford:   Oxford Univ. Press, 1992).



 

1992
Andre Millard, "Thomas Edison, the    Battle of the Systems and the Persistence of Direct Current," Material History Bulletin 36 (Fall 1992): 18–28;



 

1995
Neil Baldwin, Edison: Inventing the Century (New York: Hyperion, 1995)


 


1995
DeGraaf, "Confronting the Mass Market: Thomas  Edison and the Entertainment Phonograph,"Business and Economic History 24 (1995): 88–96;



 

1995
Emily Thompson,    "Machines, Music, and the Quest for Fidelity: Marketing the Edison Phonograph in America, 1877–1925," Musical     Quarterly 79 (Spring 1995): 131–71



 

1995
Marsha Siefert, "Aesthetics, Technology, and the Capitalization of Culture: How the
     Talking Machine Became a Musical Instrument," Science in Context 8 (Summer 1995): 417–49;




 

1995
Walter G. Vincenti, "The Technical Shaping of Technology:  Real-World Constraints and Technical Logic in Edison's Electrical Lighting System," Social Studies of Science 25 (Feb.  1995): 553–74;

1995
 X-Rays
  George D. Tselos, "New Jersey's Thomas Edison and the Fluoroscope," New Jersey Medicine 92 (Nov. 1995): 731–33.


1996
Portia Dadley, "The Garden of Edison: Invention and the American   Imagination," in Francis Spufford and Jenny Uglow, eds., Cultural Babbage: Technology, Time and Invention (London:    Faber & Faber, 1996) : p.81–98;



 

1996
Michael Peterson, "Thomas Edison's Concrete House," Invention and Technology 11     (Winter 1996): 50–56.



   

1996
Jill E. Cooper, "Intermediaries and Invention: Business Agents and the Edison Electric Pen and Duplicating Press,"   Business and Economic History 25 (1996): 130–42.



 

1996
  Robert Fox, "Thomas Edison's Parisian Campaign: Incandescent Lighting and the Hidden Face of
  Technology Transfer," Annals of Science 53 (1996): 157–93;




 

1997
Thomas Alva Edison: Inventing the Electric Age (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)



 

1997
Olav Thulesius, Edison in Florida: The Green Laboratory (Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida, 1997);



 

1997
George Tselos and Douglas Tarr, "The Napoleon of Invention," NARAS Journal 8 (Winter–Spring 1997–98):     13–27;



 

1997
Edward Jay Pershey, "Drawing as a Means to Inventing: Edison and the Invention of the Phonograph in Pretzer, Working   at Inventing; Paul Israel, "The Unknown History of the Tinfoil Phonograph," NARAS Journal 8 (Winter–Spring 1997–98):29–42;



 

1997
Leonard DeGraaf, "Thomas Edison and the Origins of the Entertainment    Phonograph," NARAS Journal 8 (Winter–Spring 1997–98): 43–70;



 

1997
Emily Thompson, "Is It Real or Is It a Machine?" American Heritage of Invention &    Technology 12 (Winter 1997): 50–56;



 

1998
Paul Israel, Edison: A Life of Invention (New York: John Wiley, 1998)



 

1999
; Bazerman, Charles, The Languages of Edison's Light (Cambridge, Mass.:     MIT Press, 1999);






1999
  Lisa Gitelman, Scripts, Grooves, and Writing Machines: Representing Technology in the Edison Era    (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1999);