The Perfect Gift for Anybody Who Enjoys Television
(and isn't afraid to admit it!)

With the impending flood of holiday specials and football playoffs, here is the incredible, true story of the magic and genius behind every moment we spend watching "the tube"

The Boy Who Invented
A Story of Inspiration,
Persistence, and Quiet Passion

by Paul Schatzkin


"Schatzkin's biography... puts anything actually on the tube to shame"
---WIRED Magazine

"Turn off the TV and read this book"
--Ted Paone, Cedar Park, TX

"While the great minds of science, financed by the biggest companies in the world, wrestled with 19th century answers to a 20th century problem, Philo T. Farnsworth, age 14, dreamed of trapping light in an empty jar and transmitting it, one line at a time, on a magnetically deflected beam of electrons."

Follow these links for excerpts and a look inside:

Table of Contents and Chapter Headings
Prologue: The Second Case
Chapter 1: This Place Has Electricity!
Appendix A: Who Invented Television?
Appendix B: The Story of the Book

Philo Farnsworth was a self-educated farm boy from Rigby, Idaho, when he first sketched his idea for electronic television on a blackboard for his high school science teacher. Six years later, while competitors still struggled with mechanical television systems, Farnsworth successfully demonstrated his invention. He was 21.

In 1930, Farnsworth was awarded the fundamental patents for modern television. He spent the next decade perfecting his invention, fighting off challenges to his patents by the giant Radio Corporation of America and defending his vision against his own shortsighted investors who did not share his larger dream of scientific independence.

The Boy Who Invented Television traces Farnsworth’s “guided tour” of discovery, describing the observations he made in the course of developing his initial invention, and revealing how his unique insights brought him to the threshold of what might have been an even greater discovery—clean, safe, and unlimited energy from controlled nuclear fusion.

Paul Schatzkin has been researching and telling the story of television’s forgotten inventor for more than 25 years. His clear and entertaining writing style reveals the spark of true genius that is re-ignited every time a television set is turned on, while giving readers of all ages new insights into the technology that shapes our daily lives.

"Paul Schatzkin's biography of Philo T. Farnsworth puts anything that is actually on the tube to shame."

--WIRED, September 2002

"Excellent reading for anyone who watches television."
-- El Paso Times

“Your book is priceless… Excellent and much-appreciated work.”
— Jerry King, Broadcast Historian

"A Great book. It catches the essence of Phil's character
and the spirit of his journey of discovery."

— Elma G. “Pem” Farnsworth

“An insightful, in-depth and personal look at a man whose
inspired work is depended upon by all.”

— Beth Lipton, New Media Journalist

"I love the story of Philo Farnsworth, and Paul Schatzkin
tells it well"
— Jack Perkins, Biography Channel Host

Paul Schatzkin was born in New York City during a hurricane. After graduating from Antioch College, Schatzkin gravitated toward Hollywood, where he served a number of years as videotape editor on the ABC-TV comedy series "Barney Miller," for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Mr. Schatzkin presently lives in Pegram, Tennessee with wife Ann and their three cats, where he drives a 50-year-old Chevy pickup truck and is engaged in an effort to resurrect the fusion research of Philo Farnsworth. Photo by Ken Gray



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