Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review.
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Here's today's illuminating question:
Q. Did Thomas Edison really invent the light bulb?
A. In 1879 Edison became the first to develop a commercially viable incandescent electric light bulb, but his invention built on the work of others. Way back in 1802, an Englishman named Humphrey Davy demonstrated the world’s first incandescent light by passing electric current through a thin platinum filament.
During the next eight decades, inventors from Britain, France, Germany and Russia all obtained patents for variations on the light... Read More »