Edison`s Concrete Piano

By Judy Wearing

Edison`s Concrete Piano
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Highlighting the careers of well-known inventors, this exploration of failure amid greatness reveals the lesser-known and most fascinating facts about their careers, their wackier hobbies, and their big flops alongside great successes. Thomas Edison, for example, not only revolutionized ... Read more


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Highlighting the careers of well-known inventors, this exploration of failure amid greatness reveals the lesser-known and most fascinating facts about their careers, their wackier hobbies, and their big flops alongside great successes. Thomas Edison, for example, not only revolutionized the world with the light bulb but also designed a concrete piano, a nonoperational helicopter made from box kites and piano wire, and a machine to speak to the dead. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, actually devoted most of his time to his sheep farm in Nova Scotia?devising a multinippled sheep somewhere along the way. The ludicrous ideas and faulty designs housed in this volume will inspire laughs and serve as a reminder that even the very best minds make mistakes.

Judy Wearing

Judy Wearing is an award-winning educator, author, and science education consultant, who holds a PhD in biology from Oxford University. She lives in Newburgh, Ontario.

Reviews

"[Wearing`s] background as a science educator is advantageous in this entertaining piece of popular science: she portrays lively personalities and eccentric projects in concrete prose."  ?Booklist

"Judy Wearing has written a captivating book on success and failure...This book is full of lessons for inventors and non-inventors alike."  ?Henry Petroski, author, Success through Failure

"This book sparkles with heaps of ideas, some plain bonkers, others, like the car, more pedestrian....This book is fun and full of quirks...a fine yarn."  ?Waikato Times

"Best Book Title of the Year?: The popular science is fun and easily accessible, and there`s more to the inventor`s experiments than the title can contain."  ?

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