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Edison and the Rise of Innovation
April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday April 12, 2018 at the Bethel in Mt Tabor.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park Archivist Leonard DeGraaf will speak about his book, Edison and the Rise of Innovation.
Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was more than history’s most prolific inventor. He combined scientific knowledge, well-equipped laboratories, talented collaborators, investment capital and a bit of showmanship to change the way we develop new technologies. Edison and the Rise of Innovation chronicles Edison’s life and work, making lively and lavish use of rarely-seen historic photographs, lab notebooks and advertising material. Published by Sterling Signature in October 2013, it was produced in association with the Edison Innovation Foundation, the Charles Edison Fund and the National Park Service. Another famous innovator – Bill Gates – has written the foreword to this fresh look at Thomas Edison.
Edison and the Rise of Innovation introduces the inventor who did more than just invent the phonograph, incandescent electric light and motion picture camera, he translated ideas into commercial products, creating dozens of companies to manufacture and market his inventions. The book reminds us that Edison still matters because he faced the same questions modern innovators confront today: which ideas should I develop? How do I raise money to support research? How do I motivate my team? What’s the best way to manufacture and sell my products?
Refreshments at 7:00pm. Program at 7:30pm. The program is co-sponsored by the Mount Tabor Historical Society and the Mount Tabor Library.