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Edison And The Incandescent Light Bulb - EPISODE TRANSCRIPT

Jan 6, 2020

Hello, this is Stephanie and this is talk tales and trivia, the show that talks about well pop culture and trivia and I love giving you the information because I am a mad researcher and I love researching

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Today's show is an interesting one and it's one that I have to start out at the very beginning and just play with me a little bit here. Just go along with it because this is an important episode. Now, if you remember your high school physics class, you might recall that the first law of thermodynamics States that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms, energy changes, forms, and that is so important to realize as we go along in this episode, I'm going to be talking about one thing and one man and inventor.

But first we can't really describe electricity or energy in full detail because well, we don't see it and that's something that is really just hard to grasp when you don't see something. Be sure to realize this one simple truth though, electricity and energy has always existed. Okay? Without it, there would be darkness and no advancement in technology, living conditions, health computers, books. Well, we would not have the advancement in any area that we are used to. Safe to say life would be completely different without electricity, energy. And here we go, the incandescent light bulb and Thomas Edison. That's right. He is responsible for illuminating the world. And that is so cool. At first, no one could even believe sort of thing was possible, but Thomas Edison imagined a better, more illuminated life for himself and others. When he had the idea about the incandescent light bulb, he really did.

He was a man of the people and he want everybody to be illuminated. He understood the law of thermodynamics when he was working on his invention of incandescent lighting. In 1878 Edison began working on a system of electrical illumination, something he hoped could compete with gas and oil based lighting. Well, why was that? Because gas and oil based lighting was expensive. It really was. And he knew there was a better way. And there was. Edison began by tackling the problem of creating long lasting incandescent lamp, something that would be needed for indoor use. Well, that's true. We all need light if we're indoors. Finally making a single incandescent light bulb last a stunning 1200 hours. Edison made the first public demonstration of his incandescent light bulb and December 31st, 1879 in Menlo Park, New Jersey. It was during this time that he said, "We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles."

And that's so true. It is inexpensive. And if you look around right now where you are, you will see all kinds of illumination light coming at you and you can really thank Thomas Edison for that. He has really changed the world with his invention of the incandescent light bulb. He really has. Well back in 1882 the Mehan theater and Czechoslovakia was the first public building in the world to use Edison's electric lamps. That was so important for that time and September, 2010 a sculpture of three giant light bulbs was erected in front of the theater and that is because they wanted to pay homage to Thomas Edison and his incandescent light bulb and the installation of the electric lamps. The incandescent light bulb was his passion project, but Edison actually invented some other pretty cool things I have to say and I'm going to mention them right now and you will say that's pretty cool, such as sound recordings, the phonograph and the motion picture camera as a podcast or the invention of sound recordings well has definitely not gone unnoticed and it is so important.

Also my love of music and playing vinyl records when I was a kid up until I was about 25 or so has shaped who I am today. I love those vinyl records you play on a phonograph and that was Thomas Edison's invention as well. The movies that you and I love so much would not have happened without the invention of the motion picture camera and the genius of Thomas Edison inventing that as well. He really has made a wonderful life for us. He also has 1093 patents in his name here in the United States and and many other countries. Listen, Thomas Edison is really a prolific inventor and one that we should never forget. It took inventors like Thomas Edison to shed new light on electricity, improving life as we know it today. It is so wonderful that we have the incandescent light. Look around your room and see all that you have illuminated.

You know, the incandescent light bulb also makes other inventions possible. Did you know? That most of the inventions that we use today cannot be made in the dark? We do need light to do almost everything and we have gotten used to any illumination for sure without Thomas Edison and the invention of the incandescent light bulb. Well, we would certainly cease to exist in the way we are accustomed and it would be so difficult to live the life that we live. We love these things and we are so used to them that living without them is impossible. At this point, Thomas Edison used his imagination to see a brighter world than he was seeing. There is no doubt that before 1878 people got along without the incandescent light. Everything was happening. The country was moving ahead, their world was moving ahead. But with incandescent lighting, we can safely say, and we can certainly say that we are so much better off and we have moved ahead from the caveman days, right?

Or from those days that it was so difficult and it has made life so much better for everybody. So don't discount it and know that when you turn that light on at night or in the morning or whenever it is due to Thomas Edison. Now how to get in touch with me. Well, there's a couple of ways and I want to tell you that again, I thank you so much for listening to talk tales and trivia. If you want to go back and listen to 2016 to 2018 episodes there on talk tells and and you can certainly go back and forth and listen and they're all there. Also, there will be these upcoming episodes once a week and you don't want to miss them. Now, what I have to tell you is very important and you can tell everybody, so this is subscribe, to talk, tales and trivia all you have to do is push that subscribe button. It's so easy. You get notifications and you can find out about when the next episode is coming out and I love that for you. You can also go to talk to us and and read my blog posts and see the social media links. But I will tell you the social media links are really simple. Facebook, it's Talk, Tales and Trivia and on Twitter it is Talk, Tales, Etc. And on Instagram it's Talk, Tales and Trivia. Go over there and just follow me and you can discover all kinds of pop culture and trivia to stump your friends and family. It's so much fun. Email me at with new topics that you want me to research and we won't get together and do that. And I also love feedback. So make sure that you send me those emails.


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