Bleeps and Blips to Rocket Ships: Great Inventions in Communications

Overview

Our fast-paced world of fax machines, digital cameras, and cell phones is possible because of the work of inventors who paved the way for modern communications.

Meet:

Reginald Fessenden, who thought of a continuous wireless signal when he noted the ripples resulting from a rock he tossed in a lake;

Alexander Graham Bell, who made his famous ...

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Overview

Our fast-paced world of fax machines, digital cameras, and cell phones is possible because of the work of inventors who paved the way for modern communications.

Meet:

Reginald Fessenden, who thought of a continuous wireless signal when he noted the ripples resulting from a rock he tossed in a lake;

Alexander Graham Bell, who made his famous call – "Mr. Watson, come here! I want you!" – because he had spilled acid onto his trousers;

William Stephenson, inventor of the wirephoto, who was a spy during the Second World War.

From newsprint to fiber optics, discover ten great inventions in this fascinating book, and a great resource for science projects and science fairs:

• Make your own paper

• Create your own halftone image

• Make your own pinhole camera

• Make a telegraph

• Use Morse code

• Make a light fountain

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The book is easy to read and understand, contains a great deal of material for research, and is a good resource for doing science projects on communications.”
School Library Journal

“Teachers will find it a treasure trove of cool factoids and wacko experiments.”
Hamilton Spectator

Bleeps will be useful in the classroom, where its human interest stories and revelations of Canadian inventiveness may open doors to understanding for the science-resistant.”
Michele Landsberg

“The authors do an outstanding job of increasing our awareness of Canadian Inventors…Well done Tundra, for producing books which challenge young Canadians to read and even dream.”
Guelph Mercury

School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-This beautifully illustrated book takes a look at the history of communication from the development and mechanization of papermaking in the early 1800s to the science of fiber optics in the late 20th century. Readers are also given an intimate look at the inventors and inventions that took communications into the 21st century. Additional information and activities, such as making paper, a telephone, and an alphabet cipher, are enclosed in dotted red lines that serve to separate and draw attention to these useful tidbits. The book is easy to read and understand, contains a great deal of material for research, and is a good resource for doing science projects on communications. The colorful and expertly done illustrations expand on the text and often add a touch of humor. While many of the facts surrounding these inventors can be found in other works and biographies, the authors add a humanizing touch to their stories.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887764523
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/14/2001
  • Pages: 88
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Alannah Hegedus was born in Vancouver and moved to Ontario with her husband and their son. She is a librarian and is, herself, very handy and inventive.

Kaitlin Rainey is a doctoral student in English and an actress.

Bill Slavin has illustrated numerous books of non-fiction, specializing in creating images that inform as well as entertain.

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