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    Century Makers: 100 Clever Things We Take for Granted Which Have Changed Our Lives Over the Past 100 Years (Hardback) By (author) David Hillman, By (author) David Gibbs

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    DescriptionThe 20th century has been marked as much by the invention of trivial necessikties as it has by the atomic bomb or the jumbo jet. This book celebrates the unsung heroes of invention. What has made the world as we know it? What is the crucial invention of the 20th century? The computer, air travel, the telephone the Internet? But this is to ignore the claims of the razor blade, the battery, the ballpoint pen and the brassiere. Who has not used a post it note and thought, ' How did we ever manage without' A celebration of these unsung heroes, Century Makers takes a fascinatingly oblique look at our lives and times.


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    Title
    Century Makers
    Subtitle
    100 Clever Things We Take for Granted Which Have Changed Our Lives Over the Past 100 Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Hillman, By (author) David Gibbs
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 205 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780297824350
    ISBN 10: 029782435X
    Classifications

    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC E4L: ART
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: TB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    BIC subject category V2: AK
    BISAC V2.8: TEC000000, DES007030
    DC21: 609.04
    Illustrations note
    125 colour and b&w i
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated
    Publication date
    28 January 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    The best thing since sliced bread (introduced in 1928 - see page 68)! Many of these unsung heroes have been chosen for their phenomenal popularity (Hamburger, Pizza Delivery); some for their time-saving qualities (Electric Washing Machine, Microwave Oven), but the most interesting are the real life savers: Traffic Lights, Child-Resistant Cap, Car Seat Belt, Fake Fur. Each comes with a short, potted history and illustrations which reinforce the humour lurking within. Don't quibble about what isn't there - enjoy what is and accept that you depend on rather more of these items than you may care to admit. (Kirkus UK)