1,000 Inventions & Discoveries

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Fire was discovered about 600,000 BC. Today, scientists are making strides in genetic engineering. Find out what happened in between in 1,000 Inventions and Discoveries. Fascinating stories and vivid photographs and illustrations tell the tales of the developments in technology and natural science that have shaped our world. Profiles of the famous (and not-so-famous) men and women who have had "Eureka!" moments, a running timeline which puts the inventions and discoveries in historical context, and feature boxes ...
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Overview

Fire was discovered about 600,000 BC. Today, scientists are making strides in genetic engineering. Find out what happened in between in 1,000 Inventions and Discoveries. Fascinating stories and vivid photographs and illustrations tell the tales of the developments in technology and natural science that have shaped our world. Profiles of the famous (and not-so-famous) men and women who have had "Eureka!" moments, a running timeline which puts the inventions and discoveries in historical context, and feature boxes highlighting key topics make this chronologically ordered volume a must-have for school and home learning.

Summarizes 100 notable inventions and discoveries of ancient and modern times, from 3,000,000 B.C. to the beginning of the twenty-first century A.D.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic combine in a trio of brain-teasing titles. From stone tools to the cotton gin to cloned sheep, 1000 Inventions & Discoveries by Roger Bridgman surveys life-changing breakthroughs. Starting in 3,000,000 B.C., the each chapter covers a distinct historical period, offering tightly constructed chunks of information alongside more in-depth explanations. A timeline along the bottom of each spread fills in details. The book is produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 5-9-Instantly recognizable as a DK production, this book contains numerous entries on a variety of scientific discoveries and inventions. Encyclopedic in style, it is profusely illustrated and attractive. Its graphics convey a lot of the information and help compensate for the brevity of the text. The topics are presented at a rate of approximately five per page; therefore, the treatments are rather superficial. A small number of them are better developed within separate boxes, while occasional longer entries go into more detail, covering two full pages. The arrangement is chronological, and some entries include cross-references to related areas. A running time line along the bottom of the pages lists historical and cultural events happening at the same time as the scientific events. This book is larger and includes more entries than typical "Eyewitness" titles, but provides generally less information per entry. It is, however, an enjoyable source that makes clear the chronological relationships among the major developments of scientific progress.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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In association with the Smithsonian Institution, a former curator at London's Science Museum showcases many important and some offbeat achievements through seven historical periods. In a colorful, well-illustrated text for a general audience, Bridgman covers prehistoric tool-making to 21st century cloning of animals and self- cleaning glass. Lacks references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789488268
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Bridgman studied natural sciences at Cambridge University before working as a graphic designer. He then studied electronics and became a design engineer at Marconi. He was curator of communications at the Science Museum, during which he wrote DK's Eyewitness Electronics and Eyewitness Technology. The Smithsonian Institution is a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Learning the basics c 3,000,000 bc - 500 bc 6
The age of authority c 499 bc - 1400 40
New worlds, new ideas 1401 - 1750 72
Revolutionary changes 1751 - 1850 104
Science takes control 1851 - 1900 138
Inventions for everyone 1901 - 1950 172
Information & uncertainty 1951 - 2001 212
Index of inventions & discoveries 250
Index of inventors & discoverers 253
Picture credits & acknowledgments 256
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