Stories of Inventors


The Adventures Of Inventors And Engineers. True Incidents And Personal Experiences





The author and publishers take pleasure in acknowledging the courtesy of

The Scientific American
The Booklovers Magazine
The Holiday Magazine, and
Messrs. Wood & Nathan Company


How Guglielmo Marconi Telegraphs Without Wires
Santos-Dumont and His Air-Ship
How a Fast Train Is Run
How Automobiles Work
The Fastest Steamboats
The Life-Savers and Their Apparatus
Moving Pictures—Some Strange Subjects and How They Were Taken
Bridge Builders and Some of Their Achievements
Submarines in War and Peace
Long-Distance Telephony—What Happens When You Talk into a Telephone Receiver
A Machine That Thinks—A Type-Setting Machine That Makes Mathematical Calculations
How Heat Produces Cold—Artificial Ice-Making


There are many thrilling incidents—all the more attractive because of their truth—in the study, the trials, the disappointments, the obstacles overcome, and the final triumph of the successful inventor.

Every great invention, afterward marvelled at, was first derided. Each great inventor, after solving problems in mechanics or chemistry, had to face the jeers of the incredulous.

The story of James Watt's sensations when the driving-wheels of his first rude engine began to revolve will never be told; the visions of Robert Fulton, when he puffed up the Hudson, of the fleets of vessels that would follow the faint track of his little vessel, can never be put in print.

It is the purpose of this book to give, in a measure, the adventurous side of invention. The trials and dangers of the builders of the submarine; the triumphant thrill of the inventor who hears for the first time the vibration of the long-distance message through the air; the daring and tension of the engineer who drives a locomotive at one hundred miles an hour.

The wonder of the mechanic is lost in the marvel of the machine; the doer is overshadowed by the greatness of his achievement.

These are true stories of adventure in invention.

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