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Edison's Concrete Piano Flying Tanks, Six-Nippled Sheep, Walk-on-Water Shoes, and 12 Other Flops from Great Inventors

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ISBN-10: 1550228633

ISBN-13: 9781550228632

Edition: 2009

Authors: Judy Wearing

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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 Scotiadevising a multinippled sheep somewhere along the way. The ludicrous ideas and faulty designs housed in this volume will inspire…    
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 11/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction Great Inventors and Failure
The Historic Age
Understand Physics
Leonarde da Vinci's Walk-on-Water Shoes: (1452-1519)
Start With a Good Idea
James Watt's Apparatus for Administering Medicinal Airs: (1736-1819)
Write it Down
Robert Hooke's Flying Machine Powered by Artificial Muscle: (1635-1703)
The Golden Age
Give People What They Want
Thomas Edison's Concrete Piano: (1847-1931)
Try not to be Too Weird
Nikola Tesla's Earthquake Machine: 1856-1943)
Don't kill Your Customers
Henry Ford's Flipping Fordson: (1863-1947)
Be on the Side of the Successful
George Washington Carver's Miracle Peanut Cure: (1864-1947)
Be Sure the Market is Ready
Alexander Graham Bell's Six-Nippled Sheep: (1847-1922)
Have Adequate Funding
Elihu Thomson's Quartz Telescope Mirror: (1853-1937)
The Modern Era
Pay Attention to Details
Danny Willis Paint Can Robot: (1956-)
Be Agreeable
J. Walter Christie's Flying Tank: (1865-1944)
Make Sure You Aren't the Only One Who Thinks It's a Good Idea
George Davison's Popcorn Volcano: (1963-)
Please the Buyers and the Sellers
Jerome Lemelson's Flying Balloon: (1922-1997)
Stick to What Know, Mostly
Stanley Mason's Chinese Tallow Tree Plantation: (1921-2005)
Avoid Accidents
Buckminster Fuller's Fish-Shaped People Carrier: (1895-1983)
Have Perfect Timing
Leo Szilard and Albert Einstein's Howling Refrigerator: (1898-1964 and 1879-1955)
Endnotes