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ZOOM The Genius of Edison
$12.95 (Win95/98/3.1/Mac) (Jewel Case) (GENEDISNDJ)

Compton's Home Library / Softkey


Relive the Life and Times

Discover what inspired the phonograph. Find out how Edison promoted the world's first movies. Or learn the underlying technology of his incandescent lamp. Through 3D animation, historic film footage, narrated passages, rare original photographs, period music, hyperlinks, and more, you'll relive the life and times of one of the world's most important inventors. You'll rediscover 13 of his greatest inventions. And you'll see their impact on the world today.

Inventive Features:

Vast collection of information and interesting facts collected from over 15 books, dozens of periodicals, film archives, and museums

Multimedia reenactiments of the birth and development of each invention

Interactive newspapers that you can print

Comprehensive database of prominent people and events of the time

Interactive timeline connecting Edison's achievements with international events

Original recordings of music from Edison's era

Morse Code game you can use for secret messages

Fun-filled, multilevel trivia game to test your knowledge of Edison's life and inventions

Simulated original motion pictures viewed in Edison's kinetoscope parlor

1. Discover Inventions
Edison invented the light bulb. (You knew that.) But did you know that he actually held over 1,000 patents - more than any other American inventor? Discover fascinating facts and grasp the workings of Edison's inventions through 3D animations, newspaper clips, and informative videos.

2. Go Figure
It's easy to figure out how Edison's inventions work once you explore these richly produced video clips, in-depth animated demonstrations, and detailed descriptions which you can listen to or print for review.

3. Read the Paper
Browse the headlines. Read the ads. And peruse actual press releases published in response to Edison's work. For example, here's what Western Union said about Edison's telephone transmitter:

"The telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value."

4. Look Ahead
See the far-reaching impact of Edison's many inventions on our world today. Watch lively videos that follow the evolution of his inventive work from his first experiments to today's cellular phones, CDs, movies, and more.

5. Step Back in Time
For a complete picture of this great man's life and times, click on over 200 hyperlinked articles enhanced with videos about the people and events of Edison's time.

Here's a Glimpse of What You'll Find:

  • Footage of Amelia Earhart's famous flight
  • The paintings of van Gogh
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The music of George Gershwin

6. Watch a Movie
Watch actual footage of the world's first movies, created in Edison's Black Mariah film studio. You'll enjoy features, comedies, dance numbers, and other short films just as they were originally enjoyed in turn-of-the century kinetoscope parlors.

7. Travel the Timeline
Track the major events of Edison's life along with worldwide events through a hyperlinked interactive timeline. Watch the years from 1800 through 1932 come to life through photographs, text, and archival video footage.

8. Play Around
Learn how to create your own Morse Code messages for friends and family to decipher. Or take a quiz to see how much you've learned about Thomas Edison.

Edison's Major Inventions:

Battery Kinetoscope Talking Doll
Electric Train Phonograph Telephone Transmitter
Incandescent Bulb Power Station Quadruplex
Kinetograph Motion Pciture Studio Vote Tabulator
Stock Ticker

Requirements: IBM and compatibles, 486DX/33 MHz or better, 8 MB RAM (16MB recommended), hard disk, 256 color SVGA, double speed CD-ROM drive (quad speed recommended), Windows 95 or Windows 3.1, Windows compatible sound card.

Requirements: Macintosh, 68040/25 MHz or better (Quadra or PowerPC recommended), 12 MB RAM (16MB recommended), 13" 256 color monitor, hard disk, double speed CD-ROM drive (quad speed recommended), System 7.1 or higher, QuickTime 2.1, Sound Manager 3.1.

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