Friday, April 27, 2018

Who Invented the Television? Sarnoff vs. Farnsworth - ADVISABLE

Kenney, Karen Latchana Who Invented the Television?: Sarnoff vs. Farnsworth, 32 pages. NON-FICTION Lerner Publications, 2018. $28. Content: G.  

Farnsworth was a farm-boy from Idaho who came up with the idea of how to make television.  Sarnoff was a big business executive who tried to challenge Farnsworth and take away his rights to the TV.  This book explains the back and forth that went between the two men and explains how the parts for the TV were conceived.  Another fun read from the Stem Smackdown series that shows the backstory to the television-something most kids take for granted.  

It’s fun to read about a farm boy taking on a business executive because he believed in his idea, but it is also sad that Farnsworth had to waste his time battling Sarnoff instead of doing what he loved-inventing.  The back includes a timeline, match up between the two men and a glossary.

EL- ADVISABLE; MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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