The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television


In a story that is both of its time and timeless, Evan I. Schwartz tells a tale of genius versus greed, innocence versus deceit, and independentbrilliance versus corporate arrogance. Many men have laid claim to thetitle “father of television,” but Philo T. Farnsworth is the true genius behind what may be the most influential invention of our time.
Driven by his obsession to demonstrate his idea,by the age of twentyFarnsworth was operating his own laboratory above a garage in SanFrancisco and filing for patents. The resulting publicity caught theattention of RCA tycoon David Sarnoff, who became determined to controltelevision in the same way he monopolized radio.
Based on original research, including interviews with Farnsworth family members, The Last Lone Inventor is the story of the epic struggle between two equally passionateadversaries whose clash symbolized a turning point in the culture ofcreativity.

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