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Overview

This ready reference presents fascinating facts about 100 amazing inventions, a panoramic overview of the history of science, and a collection of engaging reads.

Inventions are the stuff of dreams, quickly gaining widespread use, becoming central to culture, and ultimately changing our lives. They teach us a great deal about creativity and scientific principles, and, of course, the power of invention is of utmost importance in today's world of technology and innovation. Focusing on the 100 most significant scientific inventions of all time, this ready reference presents fascinating facts about amazing inventions, a panoramic overview of the history of science, an introduction to some of the most important inventors in history, and a collection of engaging reads. Each entry, arranged chronologically according to when the invention was made, contains information on what the invention is, who the inventor was, and how the invention was created. It also provides the historical context of the invention, its significance today, and information on resources for further reading/research. More than two millennia's worth of inventions are covered, ranging from the practical (clock, eyeglasses) to the everyday (measuring spoons, ball point pen), the life-saving (antiseptic, chemotherapy), and the mind-boggling (the number zero, cloning). By covering inventions throughout history, rather than just the 20th and 21st centuries, and presenting information comprehensible to young readers, this book fills a gap in the literature. It is a wonderful resource for student research and reports; can easily be used for read-alouds or as an introduction to teaching units on inventions; as well as a solid general reference on inventors and inventions. Grades 4-9 (adaptable to other levels).

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This straightforward guide to a fascinating field will be welcome in both school and young adult collections."

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Lawrence Looks at Books

"Arranged chronologically, the three-page entries in this engaging work begin with the date of the invention and name of the inventor. These are followed by a narrative on the importance and history of the item, the scientist's process, and a description of how the invention has developed over time. The author's stated criteria for inclusion are that the invention was based in science, it was an invention rather than a discovery, and that it has had great ramifications for society….[t]his is a good resource."

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School Library Journal

"Written by a scientist who became an award-winning children's storyteller, this book is a highly readable overview of scientific thought and invention from 250 BC to the present….[h]ighly recommended for public and school libraries. It is a good choice for reluctant readers who will appreciate how each invention is a chapter unto itself that can be read just a bit at a time."

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VOYA

VOYA - Stephanie Petruso
Science books for children and teens are often written with education as the main objective; consequently they can be painfully uninteresting. Haven provides a pleasant exception to that trend. Written by a scientist who became an award-winning children's storyteller, this book is a highly readable overview of scientific thought and invention from 250 BC to the present. The list of inventions is organized by date, starting with roads and continuing through the millennia to cloning. For these and each additional entry, Haven explains why it was chosen, who invented it, how he or she developed the idea, what people used before, and how the invention has changed the world. Each invention's story is concisely explained in two pages, but told with enough detail that teens will feel that they have a good understanding of the invention's historical context and effect on scientific thought. This book is highly recommended for public and school libraries. It is a good choice for reluctant readers who will appreciate how each invention is a chapter unto itself that can be read just a bit at a time. These tales of regular people changing the world forever will certainly leave teens wondering what they could possibly invent themselves. Each invention's story is followed by a list of books for further reading, so those working on projects will have a head start locating sources.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Arranged chronologically, the three-page entries in this engaging work begin with the date of the invention and name of the inventor. These are followed by a narrative on the importance and history of the item, the scientist's process, and a description of how the invention has developed over time. The author's stated criteria for inclusion are that the invention was based in science, it was an invention rather than a discovery, and that it has had great ramifications for society. While one may argue with Haven's choices, the book helps to put the inventions in context and is fascinating enough to read cover to cover. It can be used for reference and as a springboard for further investigation and critical comparisons of "firsts." The author includes several female inventors but few minorities. Further-reading lists at the end of each entry, however, do suggest books on women and African Americans. Unfortunately, there are no illustrations to help clarify some of the concepts. Also, frequent errors, some typographical (substituting Salk for Sabin in one instance), others more serious (such as inaccurate interchanging of "cement," and "concrete," and claiming that the medieval cathedrals were made of concrete), mar this work. Nevertheless, this is a good resource, complementing and extending Roger Bridgman's 1000 Inventions and Discoveries (DK, 2002).-Judith V. Lechner, Auburn University, AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582649
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 838,062
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

KENDALL HAVEN is an award-winning author, master storyteller, and former research scientist. He has published a number of books, including Marvels of Science, Marvels of Math, and 100 Most Popular Scientists.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Prehistory Inventions

List of Featured Inventors

Inventions by Field of Science

The Next 40 Inventions to Research

Additional References on Inverntion

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