“ Well, I’m not a scientist, I’m an inventor.”
-Thomas Edison, as quoted by his private secretary, A.O Tate
Of course, some scientists are also inventors. But there is a difference. The Smithsonian Museum of American History is currently hosting an exhibition entitled “Lighting a Revolution.” This exhibition features many forms of technology that were developed on the mid 19th century that mark important mile stones in our understanding of light and electricity.
What is this object designed to measure?
Why did Edison consider himself and inventor not a scientist?
Refer to americanhistory.si.edu/lighting to find out more.
Please post a comment below explaining your interpretation of this image. Next week I will reveal the answer.
Regards Dr Mackey at the Smithsonian.