Edison and Einstein – Take a “Selfie” Photo

Somewhere in the cloud, two great men sit in a small sailboat, having a mythical discussion, catching rays and lounging their hands in the cool, green water. Rumpled, comfortable Fedora hats on their heads …

Edison and Einstein - Take a “Selfie” Photo

Thomas Alva Edison (TAE):
Albert, thanks for the ride on your sailboat. It reminds me of my winter home in Fort Myers. I really miss that.

Albert Einstein (AE):
My pleasure Tom. Sailing always relaxed me when I had some deep thinking to do.

TAE:
Speaking of deep thinking, I must tell you Al, I never could understand your theory of light thing, with the speed of light as a cosmic speed limit; and time being variable. Wow, that really bent my brain!

AE:
It’s just the way the math worked out-no big thing. You know … we both had our fling with light-my theory and your light bulb experiments. What patience you had with all the filament experiments performed.

TAE:
Well I was much younger then and eager to make a mark for myself. You were no slouch yourself with those four incredible scientific papers you published in 1905. Al, you changed the world of physics. Let me see if I remember what those papers had to do with … your special theory of relativity, the photoelectric effect, that famous equation of yours [E = mc2] and something called Brownian motion. Those papers are all brain-busters my friend!

AE:
Let me compliment you as well Tom….with your inventions of recorded sound, motion pictures, the electric light and the electric utility system; and you taught the commercial world about the steps for creating new products without limit—the invention factory concept … which led to R&D labs in every major company today. That is real, economic growth.

TAE:
I must comment here Al. All your theoretical work laid the foundation for solid state physics—leading to transistors and integrated circuits. Some folks call you the father of solid state physics, what drives our Internet, telecommunications, and smart phones today. And this also is big-time economic growth.

AE:
We both had some great fun didn’t we? I wish we could do it all over today.

Edison and Einstein - Take a “Selfie” Photo

TAE:
You know Al, we should open a little shop up here in the cloud-do some tinkering and inventing; maybe come up with some new theories. You had some inventions of your own as I recall. We could team up with the theory and practicality-making folks stand-up and notice we old dogs on the block.

AE:
Sounds like fun, but there must be time to sail.

TAE:
Absolutely, and time to read and research.

AE:
What will we call this little shop?

TAE:
Wait for it Al … ”Inventions at the Speed of Light”.

AE:
You always did have a way with words!

Edison and Einstein- Take a “Selfie” Photo

TAE:
How about we do a nice webpage, featuring a monster “selfie” photo of us, just like the modern celebrities do?

AE:
I can picture that….but first I have a question. You were always good at anticipating the future, where technology would go. You nailed that electric vehicle application, anticipating it over 100 years ago. What do you see in the next 50 years?

TAE:
Al … I need to think that over for a couple of days. I can tell you this … it is going to be very interesting!

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AE:
One last thing Tom, maybe we should try and contact that Robert Faraday fellow we both admired. Get him to join us. Robert was a fine experimentalist.

TAE:
I agree. His electric motor invention rocked my world I can tell you that. He had a big influence on my thinking…my kind of guy!
Al, let’s do our “selfie” photo now so it’s ready for the new webpage.

Edison and Einstein - Take a “Selfie” Photo

Thomas Edison on Time MagazineThomas Edison said: “My desire is to do everything within my power to free people from drudgery and create the largest measure of happiness and prosperity.”

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Edison’s Hero: Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday [1791 – 1867] was a self-taught physicist and chemist, and a hero to both Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. Faraday is best known for his discoveries of the laws of electrolysis, his giant invention of the electric motor, and electromagnetic induction [the production of a voltage across a conductor when it is exposed to a varying magnetic field-the very foundation for how motors and transformers work.]

Edison’s Hero: Michael Faraday

Faraday was born on the outskirts of London, in a family of modest means. He received little formal education and was largely self-taught. His first job was an apprenticed bookbinder where he had opportunity to read many books; becoming enamored with chemistry- an interest he would share with Edison. At age twenty, he became an assistant to and secretary to the British scientist Sir Humphrey Davey, a giant in science and chemistry. Later, after a somewhat stormy relationship with Davey, he would become his own force in the field of science. Faraday ultimately became the first and foremost Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a lifetime position.

Like Edison, Faraday was a brilliant experimentalist; and also like Edison, was limited in his application of higher math knowledge. Both men probably had no more than limited algebra and some trigonometry skills picked up along the years. When Edison was a budding telegrapher in his teens, he is said to have read Faraday’s major work, “Experimental Researches in Electricity”, which many later scientists used to extend his fundamental work.

Edison’s Hero: Michael Faraday

Faraday gave memorable public lectures demonstrating his discoveries and popularizing his electrical technology. He is enshrined in the pantheon of electric engineering with the unit of capacitance…the “Farad”, named in his honor.

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Thomas Edison on Time MagazineThomas Edison said … “The man who doesn’t make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life.

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Ford Goes Off the Grid

Why can’t your car do double duty? Most of the time, 94% in fact, your car just sits there parked. What if you could make it do something useful during that time … say, like charge an electric vehicle’s batteries?

Ford has come out with a solar roof for cars for just that purpose – to re-charge batteries. Ford calls this vehicle the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept. This hybrid vehicle has 300 watts to 350 watts of SunPower Corp. solar cells on the roof, but with a special and really cool twist.

The concept includes a low cost canopy-like parking structure that uses cheap, acrylic, Fresnel lenses to focus sunlight on the car’s solar panels, greatly improving (concentrating) ambient sunlight and hence boosting the collection efficiency of the solar cells-by as much as 50%! This concentrating feature was developed with the Georgia Institute of Technology; and actually shifts the car’s position relative to the sun throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky, thus maximizing solar collection all day long.

The concept allows the car to re-charge during the day-independent of the conventional grid, making it standalone. Ford says using this vehicle would reduce annual gas emission by four metric tons per owner each year.

Ford Goes Off the Grid

Can you see these concentrating canopies being added to existing car garages? Maybe special parking lots that feature this? Maybe municipal and company car fleets would have these canopies installed to reduce fleet vehicle fuel costs?

Has anyone told Tesla about this?

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Thomas Edison on Time MagazineThomas Edison said, “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

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