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Big Ideas : 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World

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From the polio vaccine to the Post-It, the personal computer to Prozac, these are the scientific and technological innovations that have transformed our world. Award-winning author Alex Hutchinson unveils the 100 greatest inventions of the modern era - starting with the discovery of the transistor in 1947 - complete with original photographs and anecdotes about their creation. For example, a candy bar melting in a scientist's pocket during an experiment led to the invention of the microwave oven. Hutchinson consulted 25 experts at 17 museums and universities; their collective expertise spans aeronautics, automobiles, biology, computers, medicine, physics and a host of other fields. The result includes some obvious breakthroughs (the laser, in-vitro fertilization) as well as a host of surprises (waffle-sole running shoes, the pull-top can). This charming book will delight, fascinate and educate.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 132.08 x 180.34 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Sterling Publishing Co Inc
  • Hearst Communications
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • full colour throughout, includes photographs
  • 1588167224
  • 9781588167224
  • 2,416,052

About Alex Hutchinson

Alex Hutchinson is an award-winning author and a contributing editor at the Popular Mechanics magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford and did post-doctoral research in nano-electro-mechanics at a National Security Agency lab outside Washington, D.C.show more

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