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Encyclopedia Of Modern Everyday Inventions

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The 20th century saw radical changes to the pulse and quality of its everyday life, thanks to a wave of astonishing inventions that improved virtually every aspect of daily existence. Some inventions became essential household products we continue to use today. Others were replaced by new and improved inventions. This invaluable reference presents more than 40 alphabetical categories of everyday inventions for the home and domestic life, grouped by purpose or function.

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Overview

The 20th century saw radical changes to the pulse and quality of its everyday life, thanks to a wave of astonishing inventions that improved virtually every aspect of daily existence. Some inventions became essential household products we continue to use today. Others were replaced by new and improved inventions. This invaluable reference presents more than 40 alphabetical categories of everyday inventions for the home and domestic life, grouped by purpose or function.

Inventions covered in Encyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions include ballpoint pens, coffee makers, electric guitars, hair dryers, the Internet, remote controls, zippers, and many other daily household items. Articles detail each invention's history, including how it works and what future developments are possible. A portrait of the larger historical, technological, and cultural landscape helps students understand why certain products were invented and how the future could alter the need for these products. An index and cross-references allow readers to easily find specific inventions of interest. Illustrations and diagrams complement the text.

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Editorial Reviews

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This useful reference compendium has a fairly narrow focus: common inventions from the twentieth century. They are arranged by purpose or function. Wire recorders, tape recorders, and compact tape players are among the inventions grouped under "audio recording." A later section covers compact disks. Some entries discuss the evolution of a single invention, such as the ballpoint pen. Topics range from glues and adhesives to construction toys, vending machines, and dishwashers. Each section begins with a brief overview of the topic and refers to similar topics that the reader might wish to see. The analysis of each invention is thorough and lively, although illustrations are infrequent. The authors bring in the personalities of the inventors, and the circumstances that led to the inventions as well as their effects on society. They also mention the future direction of developments in each area. For example, the discussion of batteries ends with a description of fuel cells as the possible future trend. The science is light, merely touching on the technology involved without attempting detailed analysis. Each section ends with one or more references listing books, Web sites, and articles. At least one section, food containers, listed no references. This book, although narrower in focus than titles such as World of Invention (Gale, 1998), would make an excellent addition to any school or public library needing books on technology and inventions in the modern world. 2003, Greenwood, 285p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Chronology. Bibliography., PLB. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Gillian Wiseman
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Profiles of approximately 150 20th-century inventions, from Post-Its to Murphy beds, gumball machines to the Internet. Arranged in small groups beneath 42 rubrics-"Frozen Foods," "Home Video," "Personal Hygiene Products"-the articles include specific but nontechnical discussions of the invention's development, principles, and components, and conclude with a short list of both print and electronic resources. The volume opens with a useful overview plus a time line, 1623-1999, and closes with a skimpy general index. Written in dry, passive-voice prose and scantly illustrated with drab black-and-white photos, this title merits consideration as, at best, a secondary purchase behind Pauline Webb and Mark Suggitt's Gadgets and Necessities (ABC-CLIO, 2000) or Roger Bridgman's superficial but more visually appealing 1000 Inventions and Discoveries (DK, 2002).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313313455
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID J. COLE is Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he teaches and writes articles on values and technology.

EVE BROWNING is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Minnesota, Duluth.

FRED E. H. SCHROEDER is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at University of Minnesota, Duluth. He specializes in popular culture topics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Timeline of Inventions

Adhesive Tapes

Audio Recording

Ballpoint Pen

Barcodes and Magnetic Stripes

Batteries

Bread Machines

Calculators and Cash Registers

Cameras

Cleaning Products

Compact Discs

Construction Toys

Convertible Furniture

Copiers and Duplicators

Credit Cards

Digital Telecommunications

Dishwashers

Electric Lights

Electronic Musical Instruments

Fasteners

Food Containers and Wraps

Frozen Foods

Glues and Adhesives

Hair Care Products

Home Video

Jukeboxes

Kitchen Appliances, Motorized

Microwave Ovens

Motion Pictures

Personal Hygiene Products

Phonographs and High Fidelity

Power Tools

Radios

Refrigerators

Remote Controls

Telephones

Telephone Answering Machines

Television

Vacuum Cleaners

Vending Machines

Video Games and Computer Games

Washing Machines and Dryers

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