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by Evan I. Schwartz


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He interviewed surviving Farnsworth family members, including Farnsworth's 93-year-old widow, and he visited document archives in six states. com's bestselling business book and was chosen as a finalist for two major awards: The Global Business Book Award as well as the Computer Press Award.

In a story that is both of its time and timeless, Evan I. Schwartz tells a tale of genius and greed, innocence and deceit, and corporate arrogance versus . Schwartz tells a tale of genius and greed, innocence and deceit, and corporate arrogance versus independent brilliance. In other words, the very qualities that have made this country - for better or for worse - what it is. Many men have laid claim to the title ''The Father of Television'' but Philo T. Farnsworth is the true genius behind what may be the most influential invention of our time. Farnsworth may have ended up a footnote in history, yet he was the first to demonstrate an electronic process for scanning,.

David Sarnoff vs. Philo T. Farnsworth"-Cover. Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-313) and index. In a story that is both of its time and timeless, Schwartz tells a tale of genius and greed, innocence and deceit, and corporate arrogance versus independent brilliance. In other words, the very qualities that have made this country - for better or for worse - what it i. Many men have laid claim to the title "the father of television," but Philo T.

The Last Lone Inventor book. Driven by his obsession In a story that is both of its time and timeless, Evan I. Schwartz tells a tale of genius versus greed, innocence versus deceit, and independent brilliance versus corporate arrogance. Many men have laid claim to the title "father of television," but Philo T.

Evan I. Schwartz March 27, 2002 AUTHOR'S NOTE I couldn't have written this book without the help of Elma G. "Pem" Farnsworth, the widow of Philo T. Farnsworth

Evan I. Farnsworth. After reaching her by telephone, I first met her in person at the Farnsworth family's home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in December 1999. Her recollections were remarkably vivid, especially given the fact that she was close to her ninety-second birthday.

Evan I. Schwartz is an American author who writes about innovation. He has written The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television, the story of inventor Philo Farnsworth and his epic battle with RCA tycoon David Sarnoff. His screenplay, Televisionaries, was a winner of a 2011 Tribeca/Sloan Filmmaker Grant, which supports science in cinema.

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To borrow against another famous inventor's metaphor, Schwarz effectively captures the wonder of inspiration, which is but a small percentage of the process of invention as a whole. Farnsworth handily out-classed almost all his TV pioneer contemporaries.

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He interviewed surviving Farnsworth family members, including Farnsworth's 93-year-old widow, and he visited document archives in six states. As a journalist, Evan has been covering information technology for 15 years. Now in its twelfth hardcover and first paperback printing in the .

Selected for "100 Biographies & Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime" - Amazon includes THE LAST LONE INVENTOR on its all-time best list.In a story that is both of its time and timeless, Evan I. Schwartz tells a tale of genius versus greed, innocence versus deceit, and independent brilliance versus corporate arrogance. Many men have laid claim to the title "father of television," but Philo T. Farnsworth is the true genius behind what may be the most influential invention of our time. Driven by his obsession to demonstrate his idea,by the age of twenty Farnsworth was operating his own laboratory above a garage in San Francisco and filing for patents. The resulting publicity caught the attention of RCA tycoon David Sarnoff, who became determined to control television in the same way he monopolized radio. Based on original research, including interviews with Farnsworth family members, The Last Lone Inventor is the story of the epic struggle between two equally passionate adversaries whose clash symbolized a turning point in the culture of creativity.

Comments: (7)

Pruster
This was an extremely interesting book for a number of reasons, one being that I live and grew up in Camden County NJ. I have seen the Nipper tower countless times and back in the 60's when I was in grade school it seemed like every other friend's father worked at RCA. Strangely, my brother ( who lives in New Hampshire ) and I ordered the book at the same time independently. It is also strange reading a book about TV because the reason I am reading is that I rarely watch TV.
This was very well written and I put it up along with other books about 20th Century America such as Polio by Oshinsky. Rin Tin Tin by Orleans, and Last Train to Paradise by Standiford.
Jode
This is a wonderful book, I enjoyed it very much. I suspect that only a handful of people ever heard of Philo farnsworth and and his great contribution to modern life. One would think that such genius would be celebrated
and that he would be known every where.Too manny of us take our modern conveniances for granted and never
wonder who's brilliant ideas brought them about. This book chronicles the story of Television and the lone inventer
who put every thing he had into his quest to bring it to fruition and of his battle with the titans of industry who brought everything they had against him to take the credit for what was rightfuly his. Sad in manny ways but a fascinating story.
Leniga
Interesting book. I knew the name SARNOFF but not as an inventor, just an important executive. I did not know anything about Farnsworth. Now I do.

The author documents the dastardly deeds of Sarnoff who, for some reasons, wanted to be called 'Father of Television' although he had to hired Mr. Zworykin to build his model couple of years after Farnsworth completed his.

The author ends the book calling Mr. Farnsworth 'the father of TV' and it is probably right.

As with everything in life, unforeseen circumstances always interfere and things are not what they seem to be.

In addition, Mr. Farnsworth got involved in something involving nuclear physics but the author is not able to explain it clearly.

Four stars, the author was fortunate that Mrs. Farnsworth was alive and helped him with facts included in the book. Also a pure coincidence.

Recommended for people who like details not generally known.
Worla
This is basically the story of the invention of [electronic] television by Philo T Farnsworth and then, the temporary theft of the fame for that invention by David Sarnotf of RCA. I have something of a science background so I found it understandible and interesting. There are two interesting stories here -- one is Farnsworth's invention, and the second is David Sarnott's transformation of the Radio Corporation of a America (known simply as Radio in the 1920's) into the corporation that seems to be synonomous with television.
Nenayally
Saw this on Netflix. Inspired me to make this purchase. The stories still roll around in my head. Inspiring. Great to show kids and talk about invention, creativity, business, challenges to bringing your idea to market, patent law, etc. Highly recommended.
Chuynopana
A superb book. Informative and well written. I can't help drawing parallels between the leading figures in the birth of television and the leading figures in the birth of today's computers. Like Sarnoff and Farnsworth, both Steve Jobs (Apple) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) saw the unbridled potential of something when it only existed in bits and pieces. Like Jobs, Farnsworth was a visionary but not necessarily a marketing genius. Like Gates, Sarnoff dominated the industry by buying companies and licensing his patents to other companies. Sarnoff's stalling, finagling, and wheeling-dealing when confronted with federal investigations of anti-trust isn't too different from the decade long prosecution of Mictrosoft by the U.S. Justice Department. What is just as compelling about this book is that the names of "giants" that dominates television in the 50's - RCA, Philco, Zenith - are either gone or mere blips in television today. It makes you wonder if today's giants (Google, Comcast, Apple,Dell, etc) will be mere footnotes 50 years from now.
Doomwarden
The book's subtitle says it all. Mr. Schwartz does a masterful job of telling a fascinating part of History by comparing and contrasting the histories of the two men who, for better or worse, brought television to life. A great read.
For anyone who grew up during the "Golden Age" of television this book is a must read. It is a wonderful look into the behind the scenes struggles and the corporate shenanigans that went on in the development of our favorite entertainment medium.
The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television download epub
Engineering
Author: Evan I. Schwartz
ISBN: 0060935596
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Engineering
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 13, 2003)
Pages: 352 pages