Rigby, Idaho tops WIRED list of “Eureka” Places


The latest issue of WIRED magazine includes Philo Farnsworth’s potato field among the short list of notable locations that have inspired great leaps in technology:

While plowing a field at age 14, Farnsworth — who had been studying electrons and vacuum tubes — looked out across the even furrows and was struck with an idea. He could project moving images line by line, and the eye would stitch them together: “I have abandoned the old idea of a whirling television disk with its motors and other contraptions. A simple beam of light now does the trick,” he would later say. “The moment I discovered tools… which would enable television to be done without moving parts, the invention seemed almost simultaneous; as a matter of fact, simultaneously with the discovery that there was an electron and a photoelectric effect.”

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