Cell phones, high definition TV, hybrid cars, iPods, laptops, and Wi-Fi, are becoming commonplace. If asked to name the inventor of any of these technological wonders, we simply shrug our shoulders and plead ignorance. Thomas Alva Edison, the man who gave us light and helped usher in the age of technology, would be forgiven for scoffing at our shortcomings. Today, Edison is as highly regarded as the inventor of the “method of invention,? as he is for being “the most prodigious inventor of his era, indeed of all time,? as Time Magazine reported in 1999. Edison introduced the concept of the modern research facility and received 1,093 patents during his lifetime; no one else even comes close! Not all of his inventions were new discoveries; some were merely improvements in existing technology. Lamps and bulbs, for example, had been around for years, but his refinement, the incandescent bulb, made light practical, and brought it into shops, factories, and homes. And some of the patents should have been attributed to others who worked with Edison.