Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
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The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America -- The late 19th century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb. Unveiled in his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory in 1879, the light bulb overwhelmed the American public with the sense of the birth of a new age. More than any other invention, the electric light marked the arrival of modernity. However, as author and professor Ernest Freeberg shows, Edison's greatest invention was not any single technology -- but rather his reinvention of the process itself. Freeberg talks with John Hollar about the technological revolution behind Edison's light bulb.