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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) di [Owen, David]
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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.


David Owen plays in a weekly foursome, takes mulligans off the first tee, practices intermittently at best, wore a copper wristband because Steve Ballesteros said so, and struggles for consistency even though his swing is consistent -- just mediocre. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a contributing editor to Golf Digest, and a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. His other books include The First National Bank of Dad, The Chosen One, The Making of the Masters, and My Usual Game. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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  • Editore: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edizione (30 giugno 2008)
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Ottimo volume, ricco di spunti e riferimenti bibliografici per conoscere a approfondire la storia della Xerografia e del suo inventore Chester Carlson.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A book to read over and over 10 agosto 2013
Di T. ORourke - Pubblicato su
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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.
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5.0 su 5 stelle An unexpectedly engrossing story 2 settembre 2011
Di Stephen C. - Pubblicato su
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This book tells not one but three fascinating stories. The first is the personal story of Chester Carlson, from his impoverished early life, through financial success to his philanthropy in later life. Carlson was a man of great humility and generosity.

The second is the fascinating engineering story in which a cumbersome process that barely worked in the laboratory is brought painfully to commercial fruition. After reading this book, you'll never take a copier for granted again.

Finally, it is the business story of how the big players like Kodak and IBM failed to see the potential in the process, and how an unknown company (Haloid) was willing to take the necessary risks.

I am in the commercial printing business and have raved about this book so much that I bought two copies to loan to customers and others in the industry. It's that good.
4.0 su 5 stelle If David Owen wrote classified ads, I'd read them. 16 novembre 2012
Di Kristen Smith - Pubblicato su
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David Owen is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of many books. He is seemingly able to write about anything. He is a gifted writer and always manages to put a few funny things into even serious topics, and I appreciate that. The first part of Copies in Seconds is an entertaining and clearly written history of printing. Then Owen tells the story of Chester Carlson's life and his belief that xerography could work. It's a story of crestfallen perseverance that seems often ill-advised. Here is a quote from the book: "Xerography is unusual among modern inventions in having been conceived by a single person. There was no one in France or Russia who was working on the same thing. The Chinese did not invent it in the eleventh century BC. The inventor was a shy, humble patent attorney named Chester Carlson." After Xerox became a copying behemoth and Carlson became a rich man, he continued to be modest person telling those who asked about his career that he "worked at Xerox." The kind of person he was is as inspiring as his invention of the copy machine, which Fortune magazine described as "the most successful product ever marketed in America." I'm really glad Owen wrote this book and told Carlson's story.
4.0 su 5 stelle Interesting book, terrible Kindle scan. 22 novembre 2016
Di Tarl Neustaedter - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Interesting history behind the invention of modern copying (xeroxing). However, the Kindle edition suffers (ironically) from absolutely terrible scan and proofreading. Many paragraphs abruptly switch to tiny fonts, some sections entirely eliminate spaces between words. It's readable, but an embarrassment to the publisher.
4.0 su 5 stelle good book! 4 settembre 2015
Di Ted Timmons - Pubblicato su
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I love how this book spends a ton of time giving history and context to the invention of the xerox copier. We forget how many other options existed, and how copying didn't seem to be a valuable market. I wish there was some information on the fax machine, and more than a side comment about the early rotating-drum wirephoto machines worked.
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