A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak by Ronald K. Fierstein

By Ronald K. Fierstein

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This riveting biography from the yankee Bar organization, visits the dazzling lifetime of Edwin Land, step forward inventor. on the time of his demise, he stood 3rd at the checklist of our so much prolific inventors, in the back of in simple terms Thomas Edison and one in every of Edison's colleagues. Land's most famed success after all, was once the construction of a innovative movie and digicam procedure which could produce a photographic print moments after the image used to be taken. The booklet takes you backstage of his discoveries, his triumphs, and in addition the defeats of this reclusive genius.

You'll research info of Land's involvement over 4 a long time with top-secret U.S. army intelligence efforts in the course of international conflict II and during the chilly struggle within the provider of 7 American presidents. also, you'll thrill to the compelling first-hand examine certainly one of our nation's most vital criminal battles over highbrow property—Polaroid as opposed to Kodak. This company and felony fight is a narrative of just about operatic size. What all started as a cooperative and collegial courting led to Kodak's betrayal. The clash resulted in an epic felony conflict, a dramatic occasion for Land who, from the witness stand, in my view starred in a compelling court drama.

More than an easy biography, this interesting e-book is a biographical felony mystery that's not to be overlooked!

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Patent 1,918,848, Polarizing Refracting Bodies. S. Patent Office, Brown had uncovered some other, more worrisome, information. Land was not alone in his pursuit of a solution to automobile headlight glare through the use of polarizers. Lewis Warrington Chubb, the director of research at the Westinghouse Electric Company, had filed an application for a patent broadly covering the concept of using anti-glare polarizers for automobile headlights. 74 Chubb had devoted himself to finding a way 37 to prevent such accidents.

When the man in the driver’s position held a piece of polarized glass in front of his eyes, however, the opposing headlights virtually went out. There wasn’t the slightest glare from them and the headlights of the hypothetical driver’s car illuminated clearly all furniture and floor ahead of him. 16 As impressive as this demonstration was, “the thrill” of the event came later. George Wheelwright handled this part of the presentation and explained how the magic of threedimensional movies could be achieved using their special material.

69 Hunt finally responded in March of 1932 and began corresponding with Silver, seeking information about his client’s work. That summer, with GM’s interest sufficiently piqued, Silver and Land traveled to Detroit to visit the company’s research center. They brought with them samples of Land’s polarizer, which the GM engineers put through a series of tests. 70 During their day in Detroit, Land and Silver got to meet the legendary Charles Kettering, the inventor of the automobile self-starter and, by this time, the head of GM’s research division.

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