Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEngineering · 1 decade ago

“We now know a thousand ways not to build a light bulb”?

what does it mean?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Thomas Edison tried a thousand ways to get a light bulb to work and all of them failed. Some didn't work. Some just flashed and went dead. Some only lasted a few minutes. He documented every case. Finally, he got one to work long enough that it would make sense to make it for sale to the public.. Thus, the saying you quoted.

    The meaning is a somewhat cynical response a person might make if after numerous attempts for a group to do something, that something still remains undone. Basically, it's saying now that we know how not to do it, let's do it.

    Some related stuff. The longest burning bulb was designed by a competitor of Edison named Chailet. That bulb was turned on once and has never been turned off. It has hung above the fire engines at Fire Station 6 in Livermore California for 109 years. It's still on.

  • 1 decade ago

    Filaments. Making a thread to create light in a circuit. Edison tried "a thousand"+ threads and failed before creating the first incandescent bulb.

  • 1 decade ago

    My guess is that it would be an advertising slogan for a light bulb manufacturing company... i.e. they know the one correct way to make a successful light bulb..

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