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Jack Challoner, General Editor - All books by this author
We take thousands of inventions for granted, using them daily and enjoying their benefits. But how much do we really know about their origins and development? This absorbing new book tells the stories behind the inventions that have changed the world, with details about—
Inventors and pioneers of science and technology, including Eli Whitney, James Watt, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Bessemer, Thomas Edison, J. B. Dunlop, the Wright Brothers, Werner von Braun, Jonas Salk, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and many others are also discussed. Fascinating photos and illustrations complement authoritative summaries of each invention, and remarkable quotations from many of the inventors add to this chronicle of human ingenuity that began some 6,000 years ago with the invention of the wheel. Approximately 700 photos and illustrations in color and black and white.
- Convenience items, such as safety pins, toothbrushes, and bifocals
- Weapons of war, including explosives, gunpowder, and shrapnel shells
- Industrial advances, such as the steam engine and the power loom for weaving
- Transportation advances, including the airplane, the diesel engine, the automobile, and the air-inflated rubber tire
- Electronic marvels, including color television, the microprocessor, the personal computer, the compact disc, and the cell phone
- Medical advances, from antiseptic surgery to the electron microscope. . . and much more.
Some of the Many Inventions Described in This Book
INVENTION|| ||DATE |
|The Wheel || ||approx. 4000 BC|
|Currency|| ||approx. 2000 BC|
|Crossbow in China || ||approx. 201 BC|
|Horseshoes in Germany|| ||approx. 200|
|Gunpowder in China|| ||approx. 800|
|Steam Locomotive|| ||1804|
|Refrigerating Machine|| || 1851|
|Edison’s Incandescent light bulb|| ||1879|
|Wright Brothers’ Airplane|| ||1903|
|Color Television|| ||1948|
|Compact Disc|| ||1979|
From the reviews:
“ takes a look at the gadgets and innovations, big and small, that have shaped the way we live. … offers an impressive look at technological history.”
History Magazine, June/July 2009
About The Author:
Jack Challoner spent many years lecturing visitors at the Science Museum in London, and has written nearly 30 books on science and technology for readers of all ages. He currently lives in France with his wife and daughter.
Hardcover w/jacket / 960 Pages / 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 / 2009