Chronicles one of the century's most significant technological developments in an engaging & anecdotal fashion. With character sketches, compelling stories, & scientific explanations that are easy to follow, the authors capture the brilliance, vision, & frustration behind the invention of TV. The inventors of TV were a diverse group of iconoclasts from different corners of the world -- including an Idaho farm boy turned college dropout, an eccentric, sickly Scotsman, & 2 Russian Americans. Traces their progress, from the lab. prototypes to the vicious courtroom battles for control of what would become an enormous market power. Photos.