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20th Century Invention Factories

Today's invention factories produce a range of lighting devices that Edison could hardly have imagined. Use of these modern lamps has fundamentally altered the way we live.

Link: Preconditions to Modern Lamps Link: Inventing Modern Lamps Link: Promoting Modern Lamps Link: Competition for Modern Lamps Link: Consequences of Modern Lighting

Modern lamp inventors have the advantage of building upon the work of Edison and his contemporaries, though they pay a price for this head start. Solving complex technical problems today often requires expertise and equipment beyond the reach of a single inventor. When individuals and small companies do create new lamps, they face the daunting task of competing with large corporations in a global market.


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