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The third volume of this widely acclaimed series reveals the breath-taking intensity, intellectual acumen, and vast self-confidence of twenty-nine-year-old Thomas Edison. In the depths of the 1870s depression, he moved his independent research and development laboratory from industrial Newark to pastoral Menlo Park, some fifteen miles to the south on the main line of the railroad from New York to Philadelphia. There, equipped with resources for experimental development that were extraordinary for their time, Edison and a few close associates began twenty months of research that expanded their well-established accomplishments in telegraphy into pioneering work on the telephone. Edison's ideas and techniques from telegraph message recording and the telephone next led to his invention of the phonograph, the first patent for which was filed in December 1877. This invention ultimately gave Edison a world-wide reputation—and the nickname "the wizard of Menlo Park."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Calendar of Documents
  2. pp. xiii-xxiv
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  1. List of Editorial Headnotes
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxvii-xxx
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  1. Chronology of Thomas A. Edison, April 1876–December 1877
  2. pp. xxxi-xxxvii
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  1. Editorial Policy
  2. pp. xxxviii-xxxix
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  1. Editorial Symbols
  2. pp. xl-xl
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xli-2
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  1. 1 April–June 1876: (Docs. 738–757)
  2. pp. 3-58
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  1. 2 July–September 1876: (Docs. 758–797)
  2. pp. 59-146
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  1. 3 October–December 1876: (Docs. 798–833)
  2. pp. 147-200
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  1. 4 January–March 1877: (Docs. 834–879)
  2. pp. 201-286
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  1. 5 April–June 1877: (Docs. 880–951)
  2. pp. 287-410
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  1. 6 July–September 1877: (Docs. 952–1075)
  2. pp. 411-581
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  1. 7 October–December 1877: (Docs. 1076–1163)
  2. pp. 582-690
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  1. Appendix 1. Edison's Autobiographical Notes
  2. pp. 691-697
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  1. Appendix 2. Charles Batchelor's Recollections of Edison
  2. pp. 698-701
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  1. Appendix 3. Edison's U.S. Patents, April 1876–December 1877
  2. pp. 702-704
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 705-710
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 711-712
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 713-727
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421412887
Print ISBN
9780801831027
MARC Record
OCLC
868834826
Pages
776
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-17
Language
English
Open Access
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