Turning Point Inventions: The Lightbulb

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When Thomas Alva Edison was a boy, he couldn't just flick a switch to turn on the light if he wanted to finish reading a book after the sun had set. He grew up in a world where there was no dependable, safe, and inexpensive source of artificial light. Then, in 1879, he invented the lightbulb, and houses, shops, factories, schools, streets, ballparks -- every place you could think of, indoors and out -- could at last be easily illuminated after dark. By turning night into day, the lightbulb changed the world.

Turning Point Inventions is the first series of books to focus on the important inventions we often take for granted and how they have affected our lives. In lively text and fascinating pictures, these books explore the world before the invention; the life of the inventor and how he or she came upon the discovery; how the world was changed by the invention; and how it may influence our future. A special full-color foldout in each book shows in detail how the invention works.

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Grade 5-9-These well-written and interesting titles discuss the stages of development for each invention in a detailed yet understandable manner. The type size and layout of the main texts are attractive and easy to read, and a good mix of full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions are well placed throughout. The captions are informative, but the small fine print is somewhat difficult to read. A stunning fold-out page of illustrations in each volume summarizes the development of the invention. The Lightbulb traces the history of lighting from earliest times through modern day, and the work of Thomas Edison is discussed in detail. While much of this material can be found elsewhere, this title provides an especially appealing source that includes developments in lighting since Edison. The Telephone is more advanced than Jeanne Bendick's Eureka! It's a Telephone (Millbrook, 1993; o.p.), and covers similar ground, but has more visual appeal than Naomi Pasachoff's Alexander Graham Bell (Oxford Univ., 1996). Both books conclude with a chapter on the future of the technology.
Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

In an entry in the Turning Point Inventions series, Wallace invites readers to consider the drawbacks of earlier forms of artificial daylight, from wooden torches to arc lamps, then retraces Thomas Edison's intense, deliberate search for a practical electric light. Edison, inspired by a book of science experiments to become an inventor, combined a searching intellect with bulldog stubbornness, and can be credited not just with the light bulb itself, but also with the far more difficult accomplishment of engineering public acceptance of electricity in order to create a market for his invention. As much a readable character portrait as it is an account of the origin of a now-ubiquitous widget, Wallace's book is generously illustrated with contemporary black- and-white and full-color photographs and views, and capped by a fold-out look at a lightbulb's parts and assembly. Illuminating, of course. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-11) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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