Who Invented the Light Bulb?: Edison vs. Swan

9781512483215. ea vol: 32p. (STEM Smackdown). chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Lerner. Apr. 2018. lib. ed. $27.99.
Gr 3–6—Who actually invented the airplane? Did Thomas Edison make the first light bulb? Questions like these will have readers devouring this series to find out the answers. Using a mix of archival images and drawings to support the text, these books delve into the controversies surrounding iconic inventors. Earlier developments that led to the final breakthrough are explained, as well as why the question of credit keeps coming up. Each narrative underscores how difficult it was to achieve the successful designs of items that most people currently take for granted. A useful time line is located in the back matter of each book.
VERDICT Readers who enjoy head-to-head and other matchup-style books will find this set intriguing. A good choice to increase interest in STEM topics or for reports on inventions/inventors.

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