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Physics, Patents, and Politics : A Biography of Charles Grafton Page - Post, Robert Charles
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Post, Robert Charles:

Physics, Patents, and Politics : A Biography of Charles Grafton Page - hardcover

1976, ISBN: 9780882020464

ID: 170108849

New York:: Science History Publications, 1976. A bright, clean, square, tight copy. The Dust Jacket is only a little rubbed. No chips. No tears. No creases. NO owner's name or bookplate. No remainder mark. Pages are fresh and crisp. No underlining. No highlighting. No margin notes. Biography of the first eminent scientist to be hired as a patent examiner, in which capacity he served for 17 years. This book details Page's associations with Samuel F. B. Morse, Alfred Vail, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, etc. Illustrated with old photos, portraits, patent drawings, and title-page facsimiles. List of chapter notes/sources. Bibliographical references. Index. Bound in the original brown cloth, lettered in shiny gold on the spine. From the Dust Jacket: "This is the first full biography of a remarkable 19th-century American, famous in his own time but later forgotten... [D]uring the late 1830s and 1840s, Page devoted himself largely to unraveling the mysteries of electromagnetism, and there is an abundance of evidence suggesting that as an experimentalist he was considered on a par with Joseph Henry... He persuaded Congress to pass a special act permitting him to patent the induction coil... [H]e became centrally involved in the agitation to 'liberalize' patent examinations, a movement whose rhetoric often carried strong overtones of anti-intellectualism... [The author] treats Pages as a focal point for studying the philosophy and administration of the American patent system, the related issue of democracy versus privilege in federal involvement with science and technology, and the interplay between scientists, inventors, politicians, and bureaucrats in mid-19th century Washington.". First edition 1976 (so stated). Hard Cover. Fine condition./Near Fine dust jacket.. 8vo. (vi), 227pp.., Science History Publications, 1976

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