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With sliced bread and the lava lamp among his selected inventions, Harrison aims to please more than teach. He allocates a two-page spread for each item, giving it a kaleidoscopic visual treatment with a text block about the inventor, an unusual photograph of the brainchild, and a humorous or historic photograph of the invention in use. In addition to its entertainment value, Harrison's work includes a number of women inventors (e.g., the inventor of Kevlar), who are too often neglected in the invention-book genre. Fun and colorful, Harrison's volume will attract would-be Edisons.Gilbert Taylor
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ISBN-10:  0792282965
ISBN-13:  978-0792282969
Author:  Ian Harrison
Publisher:  National Geographic
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review by . September 20, 2008
Nothing earth-shattering, just fun vignettes of famous inventions, including thumbnails of the inventors and "did you know?" trivia. One interesting piece of trivia: Abraham Lincoln padded his credentials as the greatest president of all time by being the only President to be awarded a patent (for a method of floating riverboats over obstructions by inflatable rubber bladders, a device that was never actually built).
review by . May 11, 2005
This National Geographic rendition contains details of critical  inventions over the past millenia. It is perfect for a student  science project in grammar or high school. For instance, typical  inventions depicted and described include:  - the alarm clock invented in Wurzburg , Germany 1350-80  - the permwave by Nessler of Germany  - cereal flakes by Kellogg in 1894  - the new tetrahedron milk carton in 1943  - the …
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