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How A Lone Inventor and An Unknown Company Created the Biggest Communication Breakthrough Since Gutenberg : Chester Carlson and the Birth of the Xerox Machine

Book - 2004
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A history of the photocopier offers a portrait of reserved physics graduate Chester Carlson, who invented the copier to ease his job as a patent clerk and who saw his marketing efforts daunted by numerous rejections, before the head of Xerox research recognized the machine's potential. 50,000 first printing.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780743251174
Branch Call Number: 686.442 O97c 2004
Characteristics: 306 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Mar 12, 2015

This is a book worth reading, although in all fairness it can be a tedious exercise. Chester Carlson, born in Seattle, of course, would invent Xerography, a pivotal element in printing, almost the interrim step to the Laserjet [invented by Gary Starkweather, while at Xerox PARC Labs in Palo Alto - - note the trajectory]. It was an empirical process, so while the fundamental patent and process should be credited to Carlson, a number of other engineers and scientists contributed to the end result along the way. An interesting and empathetic read. [Mr. Carlson's story is an interesting example of the countless number of examples which demonstrate the existence of the one-to-one correspondence and correlation of the offshoring of American jobs, and the shrinking of the number of patents granted to Americans. Chester gained invaluable knowledge/experience working at a concrete factory in order to attend Cal Tech, which later proved valuable to the invention of Xerography. Again and again, access by way of jobs at factories, processing plants, various R&D labs when young, is the precursor to innovation later. Xerox establishes PARC and numerous innovations with far-reaching consequences originate there. Sadly, the ruling elites have seen fit to change that.]


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