The filament in the bulb was a thin conductor that would heat up when an

The filament in the bulb was a thin conductor that

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of being heated. The filament in the bulb was a thin conductor that would heat up when an electric current passed through it causing energy to radiate from it in the form of light waves, a process explained by Wien’s displacement law. Aside from my confusion, I agree that safety is one of the biggest factors that set Edison’s design apart from its predecessor, the arc light
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Rick, You mention that you have been taught that, without some type of research, innovation would be limited; inversely, therefore, you would argue that more research leads to more innovation. You go on to say you have not been told that it the relationship between basic science research and innovation is similar to the linear model of innovation (LMI). According to the LMI, there is a sequence of steps going from basic science to innovations. Although this issue is still up for debate, the lectures argue against your assertion, citing that most technological innovation occurs without underlying insight into theoretical mechanisms that explain why things work and that finding out why things work is a stimulus for advancement in science. IV. Capstone Assignment Part 1 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 two most compelling benefits each document describes (a total of four examples). Then answer the following question: if society could only have either independent inventors or industrial research laboratories, which should it choose if the goal is to deliver the greater social value? Thomas Edison should be considered an independent inventor the same way McDonald’s should be considered a family owned business. McDonald’s was, at one point, a mom-and-pop burger joint; that it grew to be a multinational franchise is just a product of capitalism. To put it simply, I think Edison’s success led his team to be an example of an industrial research laboratory, but he shares all the commonalities of the independent inventor and should be considered as such. He came from humble beginnings, born in a rural area, he had a technical
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