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Sarnoff vs Farnsworth: The Battle for the Tube.


Technology 0 Comments 09/05/2019  

Philo Farnsworth hadn’t had much of a choice. He needed money in order to pursue his invention, and that was the only offer on the table. Investing in television would seem like a no-brainer today, but at its birth it was considered an extremely risky investment – not only had inventors been chasing the dream (and spending money) for over two decades, but they still hadn’t adequately answered the question of whether anyone really wanted it enough to pay for it. But Farnsworth was convinced of television’s revolutionary potential, and had been ever since 1921, when he was fifteen and had drawn sketches of a proposed fully-electronic television system for his high school science teacher.


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