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Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our Worldby Alex Hutchinson
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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 scientists 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 well-known 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.
Book News Annotation:
From consultation with a panel of experts, Hutchinson (PhD), a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine, compiled a list of 100 landmark technological innovations. The book features advances in ten areas including computers, communication, leisure activities (e.g., the waffle-sole running shoe), convenience (credit cards show the dark side of innovation), science, medicine, and transportation. The book includes illustrations and with purchase, a subscription to Popular Mechanics. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the polio vaccine to the Post-It, the personal computer to Prozac, scientific and technological innovations have transformed the world. In "Big Ideas," Hutchinson unveils the 100 greatest inventions of the modern era.
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