Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.
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The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
My American Experience
The late 1800s and early 1900s were exciting years in American innovation and technology. What do you think is the most significant or impactful invention in American history during that time?
Inventing a Light Bulb, Innovating an Electrical System: Thomas Edison and the Transformation of Invention
The name Thomas Edison has become synonymous with invention and his most famous invention, the electric light bulb, has become a familiar symbol for that flash of inspired genius traditionally associated with invention. In part the light bulb's symbolic value comes from its obvious role as a visual metaphor of the "bright idea." But this symbolism also arises from its association with Thomas Edison -- the electric light as the greatest invention of the world's greatest inventor. The "electric light," however, was no single invention emanating from an inspired genius. Instead it was a complex network of inventions produced by teams of researchers working under his direction in the world’s first true invention laboratory. As he invented the system of electric lighting, Edison simultaneously reinvented the system of invention.