Edison's Concrete Piano

Flying Tanks, Six-Nippled Sheep, Walk-on-Water Shoes, and 12 Other Flops from Great Inventors
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Author(s): Judy Wearing
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Oct 31, 2009
Product Number: EB00074673
Released: Sep 12, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781554905515
Publisher: ECW Press
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Description

Not even geniuses get it right the first time . . . An "entertaining" look at the failures of great inventors (Booklist). To achieve great things, you have to be willing to take risks-and as Edison's Concrete Piano reveals, some of the most famous names in history experienced plenty of flops and face-plants in the course of their careers. 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 Scotia-devising a multi-nippled sheep somewhere along the way. You'll also read about Leonardo da Vinci's walk-on-water shoes, George Washington Carver's miracle peanut cure, and much more. The ludicrous ideas, faulty designs, and offbeat hobbies in this volume will inspire laughs-and serve as a reminder that even the very best minds make mistakes. "Captivating . . . This book is full of lessons for inventors and non-inventors alike." -Henry Petroski, author of Success through Failure

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