Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...As late as I836, when steam had been tried and was by no means a failure, famous scholars like Arago pronounced in dogmatic terms against it; and the idea that steam power should ever carry people, seemed so impossible that books were written to prove its impracticability. Rules are for routine men, not for genius. Napoleon's art of war set at naught the traditions. He took it up where Frederick the Great left it--and the world knows what followed. lmagine Roosevelt as an obscure man, but with all his latent aggressive forces. We will say that his name is Murphy, and he stands on a barrel at the curb stone and makes his impassioned speech, ending with the words, "Come on But if a routine man tried it, the first policeman that came along would arrest him for speaking with out a license! Q To Edison, the universe is aflame with purpose; he seeks truth out of the heart of old Mother Nature, not as a creed-clad sectarian, but with lofty mind, intuitive, positive, constructive, attacking no man's belief cynically, but plainly defining his own convictions, though the entire world be solidly arraigned against him. The Edison type of mind becomes thus a theme for an epic of final freedom for the race. There is a strange parallel between the conduct of his great mind and the part played by the whippers-in of Alexander the Great.. AT we are telling you of an exceptional mind must by this time be clear to you. Edison's-1 supreme gift is his infinite power of mental ' concentration, backed by a mind whose gifts are best described by the word genius. A brain of this type is able to think many long years consecutively and constructively on many problems of human destiny, weaving like a very shuttle the warp and woof of human life. There are but...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236807367
  • 9781236807366