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Edison is for sure someone who saw the world differently, and thought differently and acted differently.
How wouldn't grab some of his traits and put them in practice in his own life?
Funny fact from the start: when he was a kid, he sat on eggs to make them hatch.
He gave worms to a girl to see if eating them would make her fly.
What a simple, beautiful, and scientific approach: observe, do, draw your conclusion.
One day the Edisons couldn’t find six-year-old Al, as his family called him.
He was trying to hatch a goose egg. He had seen a hen sitting on her eggs when some baby chicks came out. Al wanted to make a baby goose come out of the egg.
The Edisons weren’t surprised. They had three other children, but their youngest, Al, was the most curious. He would be that way all of his long life.
The world was very different when Thomas Alva Edison was a child—no electric light to see by, no recorded music to listen to, no movies to watch. It was Edison who made all of these possible and much more, changing our lives forever. Edison firmly believed in inventions, ones that could make everyday life easier and more comfortable. That is exactly what he accomplished.
Chapter 1 - Always Curious
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, on a cold snowy night in Milan, Ohio.
He didn’t just ask questions; he liked to find out the answers himself.
Once Al broke open a bumblebee’s nest to see what was inside.
He wanted to see if eating worms would make her fly.
Al’s father did lots of things to earn a living. He worked as a carpenter. He ran a grocery store. He had a vegetable garden. He tried farming. He even built a 100-foot tower overlooking the river. For twenty-five cents, anyone could climb up and watch the boats go by.
One day eight-year-old Al heard his teacher telling someone that he was “addled.” He meant Al’s brain was scrambled. When Al told his mother, she was furious. She took him out of school and began teaching him at home.
Al loved to read. How surprised his teacher would have been to see the difficult books his mother gave to him. Books about history, nature, and science. He read them just as fast as he could. One book was a favorite. It was called A School Compendium of Natural and Experimental Philosophy. It was a science book. It talked about electricity, batteries, electrical toys, and a lot more. It had simple experiments.
Al got so excited, he started doing experiments all over the house.
His bedroom was full of jars and bottles. Finally his mother sent him to the basement to set up his own lab.
Al couldn’t wait to try it. He made a simple telegraph key, and he began learning Morse code. He even set up a wire between his house and a friend’s house nearby. As they learned the code they began sending messages back and forth.