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Book of Inventions

A book by Ian Harrison

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Book of Inventions by Harrison

  • 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 1902 Carrier Air Conditioner 30-ton unit
- the 1867 patent for a big wheel

The presentation is complete, priced reasonably and easy to
read for students, scientists, historians and a wide constituency
of academicians everywhere.

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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).
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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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