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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—

  • 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.
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.

Some of the Many Inventions Described in This Book

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


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