Perfect Gift for Anybody Who Enjoys Television
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
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"Schatzkin's biography... puts
anything actually on the tube to shame"
"Turn off the TV and read this book"
--Ted Paone, Cedar Park, TX
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."
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 Farnsworths
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 discoveryclean, safe, and unlimited energy
from controlled nuclear fusion.
Paul Schatzkin has been researching and telling the story of televisions
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
--WIRED, September 2002
reading for anyone who watches television."
-- El Paso Times
book is priceless
Excellent and much-appreciated
Jerry King, Broadcast Historian
Great book. It catches the essence of Phil's character
and the spirit of his journey of discovery."
Elma G. Pem Farnsworth
insightful, in-depth and personal look at a man
inspired work is depended upon by all.
Beth Lipton, New Media Journalist
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
research of Philo Farnsworth. Photo
to: The Farnovision