Posts

Free content on famous American inventors in celebration of National Inventors Month

American inventor Thomas Edison

American inventor Thomas Edison

In honor of August’s National Inventors Month, we’ve granted access to reference works on five of history’s most famous american inventors for free for an entire month.

  1. Thomas Edison: Born in Milan, Ohio in 1847, Edison is undoubtedly one of the most influential inventors of all time. Perhaps one of his most notable inventions was the light bulb. Edison is also known for inventing the phonograph and various motion picture devices, including the kinetograph and kinetoscope. “Edison was both a millionaire and one of the best-known men alive. Still in his 30s, he had launched an industry that would, over the next several decades, spread its lights throughout the country and the world” (Adair 98). Read more

Questia celebrates Steve Jobs’ birthday with free content on influential inventors

Charles Babbage, inventor of first computer

Charles Babbage, inventor of first computer

Happy birthday to the late Steve Jobs! As a culture, we often take technology for granted and forget the painstaking years that inventors spend creating the machines we use every day. For example, you have Charles Babbage to thank, among others, for your ability to view this text on your computer. In honor of the late Steve Jobs’ birthday on February 24th, Questia, the premier online research tool for students has compiled a list of the top 10 inventors being researched in the Questia library.

To celebrate these inventors’ contributions to our society and Steve Jobs’ legacy, we’ve selected reference works from our library of 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles and are opening them up for free for a month. In addition to the 10 listed below, you might want to take a look at our full list of computer and Internet research. Read more