Spending a Day with Thomas Edison

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“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

And Thomas Edison himself certainly had both of these. How else would he have achieved over 1800 patents worldwide? Thomas Alva Edison was someone who you would call a genius. No sensible person would refuse if given the choice to spend an entire day with him. You might say, “So what is so special about Thomas Edison? I would much rather spend a day with a pop star!” Well, read on and find out for yourself.

Thomas Edison was born in Ohio, USA on February 11, 1847. When he was seven, he was expelled from school, because his short-tempered teacher got fed up of his curiosity for learning about how everything worked. The teacher added that Thomas’s brain was “addled”. But his patient mother simply withdrew him from school, and started teaching him at home. She always held the belief that Thomas’s strange outward behaviour was just a sign of his incredible intelligence. Being free from schoolwork, Thomas had time to read various educational books, and by the age of 12, he had read Gibbon's Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire, Sears' History Of The World, Burton's Anatomy Of Melancholy, the World Book of Science, and lots of other books about Practical Chemistry. You can easily see how intelligent Thomas Edison really was, despite what his teacher had said about him. No wonder he grew up to invent light bulbs, phonographs, carbon telephones, electric lighting systems, incandescent chandeliers, kinetographic cameras, alkaline batteries, fluorescent electric lamps, etc. The list goes on. So what do you think now? Do you still want to go with that pop star or would you rather spend an entire day with Thomas Edison?

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...mas Edison was not a genius after all.

I now remind you of the quote mentioned at the beginning of this essay. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” What this quote aims to point out is that, in fact, Thomas Alva Edison was not a special person after all. He was just a human being, exactly like all the rest of us. Anybody can be as awesome as him if they have the courage and determination that he possessed. With that, I conclude this essay, and I hope you have been inspired by Thomas Alva Edison. And if you work hard enough, one day, you could be a scientific genius just like him! For more information on Thomas Alva Edison, refer to the following websites:
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