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==The Greatest Inventor in History==
 
==The Greatest Inventor in History==
Hello,
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Hello, <br/>
I believe that the expression "The greatest/best _____ ever/in history" is not really encyclopaedic, as it states something which cannot be directly measured. I agree that Edison was probably the best inventor or at least in the top 5 of all time, but I suggest that we find a more "objective" way of saying it. If we cannot find such a way, we should at least clearly state the criteria by which we consider him to be "the greatest", making our claim less generic. We cannot claim he was the "most prolific", as in sheer number of patents he is surpassed by Kia Silverbrook and Shunpei Yamazaki - but of course Edison's inventions had a much greater impact on mankind.
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I believe that the expression "The greatest/best _____ ever/in history" is not really encyclopaedic, as it states something which cannot be directly measured. I agree that Edison was probably the best inventor or at least in the top 5 of all time, but I suggest that we find a more "objective" way of saying it. If we cannot find such a way, we should at least clearly state the criteria by which we consider him to be "the greatest", making our claim less generic. We cannot claim he was the "most prolific", as in sheer number of patents he is surpassed by Kia Silverbrook and Shunpei Yamazaki - but of course Edison's inventions had a much greater impact on mankind. <br/>
Anyway, to sum up my point - I agree with your assessment of Edison, but I believe that we should find, together, a more objective way of stating it, so that it sounds less "opinion" and more "fact".
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Anyway, to sum up my point - I agree with your assessment of Edison, but I believe that we should find, together, a more objective way of stating it, so that it sounds less "opinion" and more "fact". <br/>
 
Best regards,
 
Best regards,
  --[[User:LeonardO|Leo-from-UK]] 10:21, 29 June 2011 (EDT)
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I question that rollback by MountainDew, whom I rarely question. He's right that Edison professed at times to be agnostic, probably more so later in life. But consistent, dedicated, lifelong agnostics are rare. It wouldn't surprise me if Edison did credit God for his inventions earlier in life.--Aschlafly 23:04, 22 March 2007 (EDT)

Possibly true, but is this "encyclopedia" a place for suppositions? Sadly, it seem it is. -Gasmonkey

Certainly not. But the rollback was not based on lack of citation, but on alleged falsity of the claim.--Aschlafly 23:11, 22 March 2007 (EDT)
I didn't realize that Edison was not a lifelong agnostic and drop my objection. Maybe a cite would be even better. MountainDew 23:12, 22 March 2007 (EDT)

Added Religious Viewpoints

Added info regarding the Deistic religious beliefs of Thomas Edison. Intranetusa 13:39, 16 March 2008 (EDT)

The Greatest Inventor in History

Hello,
I believe that the expression "The greatest/best _____ ever/in history" is not really encyclopaedic, as it states something which cannot be directly measured. I agree that Edison was probably the best inventor or at least in the top 5 of all time, but I suggest that we find a more "objective" way of saying it. If we cannot find such a way, we should at least clearly state the criteria by which we consider him to be "the greatest", making our claim less generic. We cannot claim he was the "most prolific", as in sheer number of patents he is surpassed by Kia Silverbrook and Shunpei Yamazaki - but of course Edison's inventions had a much greater impact on mankind.
Anyway, to sum up my point - I agree with your assessment of Edison, but I believe that we should find, together, a more objective way of stating it, so that it sounds less "opinion" and more "fact".
Best regards,

Leo-from-UK 10:21, 29 June 2011 (EDT)