Synthetic Imagination

Edison, the Electric Light Bulb, and Synthetic Imagination

by Napoleon Hill

Nature yields her most profound secrets to the man who is determined to uncover them.

When Edison thought of the charcoal principle, his imagination immediately associated it with the other half of his idea – the heating of wire with electrical energy – and he recognized that the heat of the wire could be controlled by placing the wire inside a vacuum where the amount of oxygen reaching the heat could be controlled.

He placed the wire inside a bottle, pumped out most of the air, turned on the electric power, and the first practical incandescent electric lamp was born. The crude model burned for eight and a half hours. From that beginning came the modern electric light bulb. It was the beginning for the great age of electricity which was destined to change the habits of mankind throughout the world, because it laid the foundation for every electrical device used today, including modern radio and television tubes.

Mr. Edison carried on his experiments without financial support from others. He applied the principle of going the extra mile every step of the way, because he labored without immediate pay. He also worked with definiteness of purpose and was inspired by applied faith to carry on through a period of failures that would have turned back most men.

Napoleon Hill



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