Laboratories, Patents, and Research Methods

Buonanno, Joseph F. "Thomas A. Edison: Wizard of Menlo Park, or Ordinary Thinker? A Case Study in the Psychology of Creativity." Ph.D. diss., Temple University, 2005.

Carlson, W. Bernard. "Building Thomas Edison's Laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey: A Case Study in Using Craft Knowledge for Technological Invention, 1886–1888." History of Technology 13 (1991): 150–67.

Hounshell, David A. "Edison and the Pure Science Ideal in 19th-Century America." Science 207 (1980): 612–17.

Hughes, Thomas Parke. American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Israel, Paul B. "Claim the Earth: Protecting Edison's Inventions at Home and Abroad." In Graham Dutfield and Stathis Arapostathis, eds., Knowledge Management and Intellectual Property: Concepts, Actors and Practices from the Past to the Present. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2013, pp. 19–43.

_____. "Inventing Industrial Research: Thomas Edison and the Menlo Park Laboratory.” Endeavor 26 (2002): 48–54.

Israel, Paul B., and Robert Rosenberg. 1991. "Patent Office Records as a Historical Source: The Case of Thomas Edison." Technology and Culture 32: 1094–1101.

Jeffrey, Thomas E. "'When the Cat is Away the Mice Will Work': Thomas Alva Edison and the Insomnia Squad." New Jersey History 125 (2010): 1–21.

Jehl, Francis. Menlo Park Reminiscences. 3 vols. Dearborn, Mich.: Edison Institute, 1937–1941.

Kline, Ronald, and Thomas C. Lassman. "Competing Research Traditions in American Industry: Uncertain Alliances between Engineering and Science at Westinghouse Electric, 1886–1935." Enterprise and Society 6 (2005): 601–45.

Millard, Andre J. Edison and the Business of Innovation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990. 

Millard, Andre J., Duncan Hay, and Mary Grassick. Historic Furnishings Report: Edison Laboratory. Harpers Ferry, W.Va.: National Park Service, 1995.

Pretzer, William S., ed. Working at Inventing: Thomas Edison and the Menlo Park Experience. Dearborn, Mich.: Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 1989; Baltimore: reprint edition, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Reich, Leonard S. "Edison, Coolidge, and Langmuir: Evolving Approaches to American Industrial Research." Journal of Economic History 47 (1987): 341–51.

_____. The Making of American Industrial Research: Science and Business at GE and Bell, 1876–1926. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Simonton, Dean Keith. “Thomas Edison’s Creative Career: The Multilayered Trajectory of Trials, Errors, Failures, and Triumphs.” Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 9:1 (2015): 2–14.

Wills, Ian. "Edison and Science: A Curious Result." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (2009): 157–66.

_____. Thomas Edison: Success and Innovation through Failure. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019.

Weisberg, Robert W. Creativity: Understanding Innovation in Problem Solving, Science, Invention, and the Arts. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley and Sons, 2006.

Ziman, John M. Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary Process. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2003.