Copies In Seconds: Chester Carlson and the Birth of the Xerox Machine - How a Lone Inventor and an Unknown Company Created the Biggest Communication Breathrough Since Gutenberg
by Owen, David
306 pp. "As New Yorker staff writer Owen explains in this fast-paced account of one inventor's hopes and dreams, the technology of copying is a relatively modern phenomenon. He recounts the history of copying documents from the scribal work of monks to the invention of the printing press and lithography, to the process that eventually resulted in today's Xerox machine. Owen narrates the life story of the man behind the Xerox machine, Chester Carlson (1906–1968), and his lonely efforts to find a way to reproduce documents. An inventive soul from a young age, Carlson as a teenager sketched out concepts for a trick safety pin, a new type of lipstick and a disposable handkerchief made of soft paper. After he graduated from college, he went to work for Bell Laboratories and continued his inventive ways. When he finally landed on an electrostatic process that would act like both a printing press and a camera, he began to shop the concept around and the Xerox machine was born in the mid-'50s. Owen's sympathetic portrait of Carlson's life and the difficulties and rewards inherent in the inventive process provide a window into the birth of one of our most ubiquitous office machines." - Publisher's Weekly
Keywords: XEROX MACHINE BIOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY CHESTER CARLSON
First Edition. An exceptional copy. Simon & Schuster, 2004. First Edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. (Inventory #: 2175638)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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