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HST318 Spring 2016BBrittany WojciehowskiDr. Peter Van CleaveHST 318 History of Engineering4/03/2016Unit 3 Capstone Assignment PromptThis assignment will be checked using anti-plagiarism software and returned to your instructorwith an originality report.This capstone assignment has two parts. All students will answer the first prompt. Then each studentshould choose ONE of the options for the second part.Part 1 (ALL students)Given the amount of help he received from his team of muckers and the creation of a workspace atMenlo Park, should Thomas Edison qualify as an independent inventor, an early example of anindustrial research laboratory, or something else? What do you think are the central similarities anddifferences between Edison at Menlo Park and Bell Labs?Part 2 (Choose ONE)Option A: Could an independent inventor (someone with only 2-3 employees) make substantialinventions in the specificfield of engineering in which you work? Why or why not. Explain howimportant you consider advanced training in basic scientific principles to be in the specificfieldof engineering in which you work.
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