读书笔记:Thomas Edison (4)

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Thomas Edison: A Captivating Guide to the Life of a Genius Inventor (4)

Upon returning to America, the Miami Metropolis interviewed Edison, and he revealed a series of predictions for what the world may become 100 years hence.

During his holiday, he had witnessed significant changes in the popularity and application of steam in industry and transportation and predicted that steam would gradually give way to other types of power sources.

He saw that in the future, nations would stockpile armaments, making warfare either impossible to consider, or a final, devastating event.

He uprooted his family, moving to Connecticut to test some of his theories and inventions.

Ford had admired Edison, and the new friendship was deeply satisfying to him. Edison was impressed with Ford’s work on a gas-powered car and knew it would be a success.

Whereas previous generations had viewed revenge, or an eye for an eye, as an appropriate response to a breach of the law, the 19th century brought with it an understanding that only very few crimes, or criminals, were irredeemable, and that many crimes had social causes.

A curious aspect of Edison’s personality was that as much as he desired the financial rewards of success, he cared equally about beating out his competition, no matter the contest.

Edison once again demonstrated his ability to undermine an opponent, while maintaining his reputation and popularity.

William’s relationship with his father was strained.

After his discharge, he rejected his father’s life of scientific inquiry and instead became a chicken farmer.

Thomas A. Edison had been part promoter, part inventor, and part businessman, but never much of a father.

Edison himself once said, “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this—you haven’t.”

Often criticized for being a re-inventor: someone who rode on the coattails of others, Edison had his own peculiar talent for seeing flaws and working obsessively to improve and refine concepts and designs to make them functional and to develop streamlined and inexpensive means of manufacture for the inventions that were most in demand.

Indeed, the world owes a debt of gratitude to the unusual man and his exceptional talents.

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