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Copies in Seconds: How a Lone Inventor and an Unknown Company Created the Biggest Communication Breakthrough Since Gutenberg--Chester Carlson and the Birth of the Xerox Machine (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

David Owen

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The first plain-paper office copier -- which was introduced in 1960 and has been called the most successful product ever marketed in America -- is unusual among major high-technology inventions in that its central process was conceived by a single person. David Owen's fascinating narrative tells the story of the machine nobody thought we needed but now we can't live without.

Chester Carlson grew up in unspeakable poverty, worked his way through junior college and the California Institute of Technology, and made his discovery in solitude in the depths of the Great Depression. He offered his big idea to two dozen major corporations -- among them IBM, RCA, and General Electric -- all of which turned him down. So persistent was this failure of capitalist vision that by the time the Xerox 914 was manufactured by an obscure photographic-supply company in Rochester, New York, Carlson's original patent had expired. Xerography was so unusual and nonintuitive that it conceivably could have been overlooked entirely. Scientists who visited the drafty warehouses where the first machines were built sometimes doubted that Carlson's invention was even theoretically feasible.

Drawing on interviews, Xerox company archives, and the private papers of the Carlson family, David Owen has woven together a fascinating and instructive story about persistence, courage, and technological innovation -- a story that has never before been fully told.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 2038 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 320
  • Editore: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edizione (30 giugno 2008)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B002Q0KS04
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8 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A Super Book on Electrostatic Copying 6 agosto 2005
Di Richard W. Detrick - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
This book gives an excellent account of the processes and hurdles needed to bring a complex product to the marketplace. It will be especially enjoyable for anyone who was involved in the copying/duplicating business during the 60's and 70's.

The author mentions many of the early companies -- and many of the current companies -- that are significant "players" in this business. Also, many of the key inventors who are known only as "publication or patent names" are given life by the author. The reader can get behing the scenes and see the victories, struggles, and tensions facing the researchers and their companies.

This book is a good read -- difficult to put down -- especially for those in corporate research and development.
6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Fascinating and very well written 7 gennaio 2006
Di suzanne312 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I was fascinated by this book! The subject matter is intriguing on its own, and it's been beautifully enhanced by the presentation. Author knew exactly how to tell the story for best effect--when to give a history lesson, when to introduce characters, and just how much of each was appropriate. Also explained the complicated science behind xerography (the generic term for what a Xerox machine does) in a way a layman can understand. Extremely well done. I'm glad I happened across this book!
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A book to read over and over 10 agosto 2013
Di T. ORourke - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
I've always enjoyed David Owen's writing in the New Yorker and Golf Digest, and I read Green Metropolis in the hardcover. When I got my Kindle back in 2009, this was one of the first books I bought, but I kept putting off reading it until the last month. It is such an enjoyable book! Mr. Owen has constructed a modern masterpiece of research and style. He perfectly captures the challenges of inventions and the types of people who will pursue them against all odds and in difficult conditions. Each character is expertly and endearingly portrayed. But even the best writer needs a great topic to write a really great book, and this one is timeless. It is hard to imagine what the world would be like without copiers, but I lived it for a few years volunteering in Africa, searching for the few precious pieces of worn carbon paper so I could fill out my psychiatric referrals in triplicate (once while a naked, psychotic man tried to throw his fresh feces at me through the screen of the police van). I find myself wishing I was there with Mr. Owen as he interviewed the people and viewed their demonstrations. He is always good company and seems to bring out the very best in the people and topics he investigates.
5.0 su 5 stelle Copy Without Chemicals! 21 novembre 2013
Di Peter Haas - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
Accurately details the development of "copying without chemicals" from the initial discovery and patent, to the release of the first product, the revolutionary 914 copier, which changed the way EVERYONE would make copies.

Eventually, nearly EVERYONE would use this same technique for printing as well, but this aspect of Xerography is not discussed.
5.0 su 5 stelle Applying Hertz and Einstein 4 maggio 2009
Di S. ragno - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
The idea behind the xerography applies what Hertz and Einstein discovered and studied: the photoelectric effect.

The book is well written and has the right mix of technology,trivia and history to keep the reader interested and absorbed.

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