Accidental Inventions: The Chance Discoveries That Changed Our Lives

Accidental Inventions: The Chance Discoveries That Changed Our Lives

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by Birgit Krols
     
 

It’s hard to imagine a world without Coca-Cola, Post-its, or Velcro, but have you ever stopped to wonder how and when these items came to be? Accidental Inventions reveals the fascinating stories behind the toys, foods, gadgets, and tools we now consider indispensable. From peanut butter to penicillin, roller skates to radioactivity, dozens of

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It’s hard to imagine a world without Coca-Cola, Post-its, or Velcro, but have you ever stopped to wonder how and when these items came to be? Accidental Inventions reveals the fascinating stories behind the toys, foods, gadgets, and tools we now consider indispensable. From peanut butter to penicillin, roller skates to radioactivity, dozens of essential inventions are spotlighted.

Fully illustrated with over 240 photos, Accidental Inventions traces the path from inception to “ah ha!” for more than 60 products, and introduces the cast of clever, hardworking inventors behind them. Engaging narrative and colorful design make these stories accessible to readers of all ages, illuminating the happy collision of accident and inspiration that would profoundly change our lives.

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Publishers Weekly
Filled with amusing pictures and quotes, this coffee-table book purports to give the background on dozens of inventions now in common use. Krols (Bimbos and Machos), a film journalist and magazine editor, has collected tales that span the millennia about unintentional lucky results of experiments. The stories of tea, cheese, and maple syrup are admittedly more legend than fact, while others, such as dynamite and Viagra, are easily substantiated elsewhere. While entries for LSD, the popsicle, and the hot-air balloon are entertaining and informative (to the extent that they provide fodder for fun facts), the lack of citations, or even a bibliography, means that the reader must do further research to verify their accuracy—17th-century abstract tantric painters of Rajasthan, India would likely take issue with Krols' dubious assertion that Wassily Kandinsky invented "Abstract Art" in 1910. A fun starting place for further inquiry, Krols' latest will be best suited to curious kids whose parents can help them sort fact from fiction. Photos. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608870738
Publisher:
Insight Editions LLC
Publication date:
04/17/2012
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
897,066
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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