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Inventors and Inventions takes a refreshing look into the fascinating history of inventors and inventions. With encyclopaedic breadth, the book follows a diverse list of inventions from their earliest manifestations through to their most current incarnations, whilst also revealing how some of today's greatest inventions came about by accident or chance.From the arcane beginnings of the frisbee, to the role of Muybridge's eccentric moving-picture photography in the development of cinema, Inventors and Inventions considers how and why these inventions came about, who was responsible for them and what their subsequent impact has been. Often overlooked inventors are also discussed, giving them their rightful place amongst the celebrated minds from the past; while controversies regarding attribution are exposed and explored.Inventors and Inventions is an engaging and thought-provoking book sure todelight and educate readers of all ages.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 214 x 252 x 38mm | 1,859.72g
  • Black Dog Publishing London UK
  • Black Dog Publishing Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1906155674
  • 9781906155674
  • 726,835

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Inventors and Inventions provides a vibrant account of inventions past and present, and the brilliant minds behind them; charting the evolution of the inventions at the core of our society, alongside those that have evolved with the technological advancements of the present day. Presenting a broad range of subjects--including communication, engineering, entertainment, medicine, transport and warfare--Inventors and Inventions explores the origin and development of inventions as diverse as time and space, the pencil, and the jet engine. The book also discusses the influence of the ancient Romans and Egyptians on technology today, alongside famous figures such as Eadweard Muybridge and his 'moving picture' photography, and household names including Charles Babbage, Thomas Edison, Swanson and James Dyson. Opening with an introduction by New Scientist writer Richard Fisher, wherein influential, failed, and future inventions are discussed, Inventors and Inventions is a visual survey of the subject, illustrated throughout with patents, technical drawings and photographs. From inventions that changed the way we live, to inventions that we could not live without, Inventors and Inventions is a thought-provoking exploration into the world around us. Inventions covered include, amongst others, Money, The Alphabet, the Pop-up Toaster, Tetra-pak, The Zip, Photography, the Hula Hoop, Television, the Yo-Yo, Paper, Radio Broadcasting, the Telephone, Roads and Tarmac, Traffic lights, Rocket Propulsion, the Circular Saw, Band-Aids, Asprin, Cloning, the Swiss Army Knife, Tanks, Night Vision, Maps, the Gyroscope, Food Preservation, the Plough and Animal Husbandry.show more

About Paul Sloman

Richard Fisher is the News Editor of New Scientist. He has written extensively for technology magazine The Engineer.show more

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Inventors and Inventions provides a vibrant account of inventions past and present, and the brilliant minds behind them; charting the evolution of the inventions at the core of our society, alongside those that have evolved with the technological advancements of the present day. Presenting a broad range of subjectsincluding communication, engineering, entertainment, medicine, transport and warfareInventors and Inventions explores the origin and development of inventions as diverse as time and space, the pencil, and the jet engine. The book also discusses the influence of the ancient Romans and Egyptians on technology today, alongside famous figures such as Eadweard Muybridge and his moving picture photography, and household names including Charles Babbage, Thomas Edison, Swanson and James Dyson. Opening with an introduction by New Scientist writer Richard Fisher, wherein influential, failed, and future inventions are discussed, Inventors and Inventions is a visual survey of the subject, illustrated throughout with patents, technical drawings and photographs. From inventions that changed the way we live, to inventions that we could not live without, Inventors and Inventions is a thought-provoking exploration into the world around us. Inventions covered include, amongst others, Money, The Alphabet, the Pop-up Toaster, Tetra-pak, The Zip, Photography, the Hula Hoop, Television, the Yo-Yo, Paper, Radio Broadcasting, the Telephone, Roads and Tarmac, Traffic lights, Rocket Propulsion, the Circular Saw, Band-Aids, Asprin, Cloning, the Swiss Army Knife, Tanks, Night Vision, Maps, the Gyroscope, Food Preservation, the Plough and Animal Husbandry. "show more

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