A MUST READ FOR ANYBODY WHO WATCHES TELEVISION!In the 1920s, while the great minds of science - financed by the biggest companies in the world - wrestled with 19th century solutions to a 20th century problem, 14-year-old Philo T. Farnsworth dreamed of trapping light in an empty jar and transmitting it, one line a time, on a magnetically deflected beam of electrons. Every video screen on the planet today can trace its origins to a sketch that Farnsworth drew for his high-school science teacher in 1922. Five years later, on September 7, 1927, electronic video arrived on the planet in his makeshift laboratory in San Francisco.In 1930, Philo Farnsworth was awarded the fundamental patents for modern television. He spent the next decade perfecting his invention, fighting off legal challenges from the giant Radio Corporation of America, and defending his entrepreneurial vision of an independent company that could fund even greater advances with the millions that his patents were sure to earn. Based in part on the theories first expressed by Albert Einstein, those patents made everything that had gone before obsolete and everything that has come since possible - from ultra-high-definition, flat-panel displays to smartphones. In 1950s and '60s, Farnsworth used the unique knowledge he'd acquired in his laboratory to develop a novel approach to the Holy Grail of modern science - clean, safe, an abundant energy from nuclear fusion.Though largely lost to the annals of popular history, this is the absolutely true story of a once-in-a-century scientist whose unprecedented genius is reawakened every time we turn on a TV.