The Boy Who Invented Television: A Story of Inspiration, Persistence and Quiet Passion

by Paul Schatzkin | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1928791301 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 5/25/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, May 25, 2008
I got this like-new pb in a box from someone on Freecycle.

From the cover -
While the great minds of science, financed by the biggest companies in the world, wrestled with 19th century answers to a 20th century problem, Philo T. Farnsworth, age 14, dreamed of trapping light in an empty jar and tranmitting it, one line at a time, on a magnetically deflected beam of electrons.
Philo Farnsworth was a self-educated farm boy from Rigby, Idaho, when he first sketched his idea for electronic television on a blackboard for his high school science teacher. Six years later, while competitors still struggled with mechanical television systems, Farnsworth successfully demonstrated his invention. He was 21.
In 1930, Farnsworth was awarded the fundamental patents for modern television. He spent the next decade perfecting his invention, fighting off challenges to his patents by the giant Radio Corporation of America, and defending his vision against his own shortsighted investors who did not share his larger dream of scientific independence.
The Boy Who Invented Television traces Farnsworth's "guided tour" of discovery, describing the observations he made in the course of developing his initial invention and revealing how his unique insights brought him to the threshold of what could have been an even greater discovery - clean, safe, and unlimited energy from controlled nuclear fusion.

Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at Westminster, Maryland USA on Friday, June 08, 2018
Sadly, MaryZee passed suddenly in September 2012. MaryZee's daughter is now ready to rehome her mom's books and I was willing to collect and redistribute them to keep her literary legacy alive.

Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA on Saturday, June 16, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (6/17/2018 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA


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Journal Entry 4 by wingSpatialwing at Arlington, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 17, 2018
One of the books from maryzee's collection given to me by 6of8 to help distribute.

May reserve for a Science Bookbox.

Journal Entry 5 by wingSpatialwing at Science & Technology Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 21, 2019

Released 5 mos ago (6/21/2019 UTC) at Science & Technology Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


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One of the starting books for the Science & Technology Bookbox!

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Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, July 07, 2019
I'm taking this book from the Science and Technology bookbox, glad to have another of maryzee's books to pass along. I still recall my bemusement when I first heard of Philo T. Farnsworth; how could such a memorable name have slipped below the radar of history and pop-culture? (I was amused to find that his only known appearance on television was on the TV game show "I've Got A Secret" - and was not surprised to find that nobody guessed his secret!)

His story is amazing and, at times, sad; it seems his dreams outreached his ability (or desire) to document them properly, leaving mysteries as to just how brilliant he may have been. But he did have many good years, and there's a very touching chapter at the end in which he undertook a rare viewing of his own invention (he apparently did not care for most popular TV programming!) to watch the moon landing... As this year marks the 50th anniversary of that memorable event, I was doubly moved to read his reaction: "This has made it all worthwhile."

Released 4 mos ago (7/26/2019 UTC) at rest area - Rte. 93 (see release notes for details) in Hooksett, New Hampshire USA


I left this book on a table outside the diner at the I-93 southbound rest stop on this warm day; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2019 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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