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Copies in Seconds: Chester Carlson and the Birth of the Xerox Machine
David Owen (au)
The first plain-paper office copier -- which was introduced in 1960 and has been called the most successful product ever marketed in America -- is unusual among major high-tech inventions in that its central process was conceived by a single person. This book tells the story of the machine nobody thought we needed but now we can’t live without. Carlson made his discovery in solitude in the Great Depression. He offered his big idea to 2 dozen major corp. -- among them IBM, RCA, and GE -- all of which turned him down. Drawing on interviews, Xerox company archives, and the private papers of the Carlson family, Owen has woven together a fascinating and instructive story about persistence, courage, and technological innovation. Illustrations.
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