Thomas Edison’s 164th Birthday

Invention’s ‘Baby Daddy’

They say that  ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and I say that curiosity is the father.

Today is what would be the 164th birthday of Thomas Edison, inventor of the incandescent light bulb, among many other things (Rutger’s University states that Thomas Edison had 1,093 successful U.S. patent applications), including the motion picture, the disc phonograph, telephone transmitter and cement.

Did you know that one of Edison’s greatest regrets was not respecting Nikola Tesla’s work enough? Source

Tesla is a figure who has long fascinated me. According to his own writings, Tesla visualized scenes, people and things so vividly that he was sometimes unsure what was real and what was imaginary.  He smelled odors that no one else could detect and had a strange personal physiological interaction with electricity which started with his youthful experiences with lightning.

Here is to celebrating both of these men:

Annette Marie Hyder

They sent their thoughts, like mice,
through mazes of synapses
to get to the cheese —
the “Eureka!” moment —
at the puzzle’s end.

Links of interest:

10 Thomas Edison inventions you’ve probably never heard of
Audio recording of Edison reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
The mind of Tesla
Tesla: Man Out of Time, by Margaret Cheney

Information about legislation to ban incandescent light bulbs:
USA Today

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –Thomas A. Edison