Part 1 (ALL students) Given the amount of help he received from his team of muckers and the creation of a workspace at Menlo Park, should Thomas Edison qualify as an independent inventor, an early example of an industrial research laboratory, or something else? What do you think are the central similarities and differences 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 substantial inventions in the specific field of engineering in which you work? Why or why not. Explain how important you consider advanced training in basic scientific principles to be in the specific field of engineering in which you work. Option B: Would you rather be one of Edison's "muckers" in his machine shop, or an engineer in Bell Labs? At which place would you have more satisfying work? At which place do you think your efforts would lead to greater social benefit? Explain why. Option C: The Hughes reading and the Bell Labs reading both articulate the benefits of independent inventors and industrial research labs, respectively. Identify what you see as the
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