Century Makers: 100 Clever Things We Take for Granted Which Have Changed Our Lives Over the Past 100 Years

Century Makers: 100 Clever Things We Take for Granted Which Have Changed Our Lives Over the Past 100 Years

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By (author) David Hillman, By (author) David Gibbs

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  • Publisher: Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 194mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 11 November 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1841880264
  • ISBN 13: 9781841880266
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 125 colour illustrat

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What has made the world as we know it? What is the crucial invention of the 20th century? The computer, air travel, the telephone, or the Internet? Or would it be the razor blade, the battery, the ballpoint pen or the brassiere? These trivial things, which we take for granted, have changed our lives beyond recognition. And yet until they were there, we never knew how necessary they could be. This is a celebration of these unsung heroes, and an examination of our life and times.

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The best thing since sliced bread (introduced in 1928 - see page 68)! Many of these unsung heroes have been chosen for their phenomenal popularity; 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)