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.
The most Wonderful, Fun, Reference Book Ever!
By BookManBookWoman TV REVIEWS "Saralee Terry Woods" - May 20, 2009
"The answers to all questions such as who invented the scissors, who developed the escalator ; how did they ever figure out that the Large Hadron Collider could explore the sub atomic universe of quantum physics? Find these answers and more (from breakfast cereal to transistors to LCD to the World Wide Web) in this delightful and informative new reference. 1001 Inventions that Changed the World is entertaining too!"
A Really Great Book
By Conrad - August 1, 2009
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's a really great read, highly informative and educational. You will want to keep this book permanently as a reference book for yourself and the kids. It's one of my favorite books of all times and will be one of yours also.
A simply amazing and beautiful thick tome of inventions
By Michael A. Duvernois - July 6, 2009
I spotted this book while walking through Powell's Bookstore and thumbed through it a bit. Wrote the title down and ordered it when I got home.
The book is an amazing compendium of inventions with detailed images, cutaway drawings, and background text. It covers all of human history with an obvious bias towards the technological present. Though I've owned it now a couple of months, I have only scratched at the surface of the information in the book. Reading articles here and there and then being led online to search for more detail. An excellent book for the internet era.