Mr. Marcotullio/ Mr. Longobardi
8 January 2013
Thomas Edison’s Light Bulb
There were many inventions such as the automobile, nuclear bomb, and airplane that have impacted American history. However, there has been one invention that has had a huge impact on American daily-life: it’s the light bulb! The light bulb is used every day and in every setting. Thomas Edison created the light bulb on October 22nd 1846 and this invention revolutionized American history and daily life. There were many inventions that impacted American history. However, the creation of the light bulb by Thomas Edison greatly revolutionized and impacted American daily life.
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 and died on October 18, 1931. Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. He had very little formal education as a child. He attended school only for a few months. Thomas was a poor student. When the schoolmaster called him "addled," which means rotten, his mother took him out of the school and preceded to teach him at home. From that time on his mother taught him at home where she introduced him to physics, chemistry, and other sciences. By the age of ten he was conducting experiments in his home. He worked on the train between Port Huron and Detroit (60 miles) selling magazines, snacks and tobacco to passengers. Edison had a natural curiosity, and with his schooling from his mother, he started a lifetime of reading. Still as a young man Edison began to lose his hearing and that intensified his studies.
Perhaps his most famous invention was the light bulb. Edison experimented a lot with electric light lighting. He wanted to replace oil lamps and gaslights. He was finally able to produce light in a sealed glass bulb. Eventually, he used a filament made of bamboo fiber to help him create the light bulb. Edison did not want...