How Nearly Everything Was Invented

How Nearly Everything Was Invented

by Roger Bridgman, Ralph Lazar, Lisa Swerling, Jilly MacLeod
     
 
In a lighthearted look at more than 300 of the world's most important inventions, this fascinating book begins with six key inventions and explores the people who created them, the mechanics that make them work, and the ideas and innovations that inspired them. Illustrated with hilarious artwork teeming with tiny people (the Brainwaves!), How Nearly Everything Was

Overview

In a lighthearted look at more than 300 of the world's most important inventions, this fascinating book begins with six key inventions and explores the people who created them, the mechanics that make them work, and the ideas and innovations that inspired them. Illustrated with hilarious artwork teeming with tiny people (the Brainwaves!), How Nearly Everything Was Invented makes it easy to see how one crazy notion leads to another and another and another-culminating in the remarkable tech revolutions that change our lives forever.

Author Biography: Writer Jill McLeod studied zoology before becoming a children's book writer and editor.

Once an economist and a graphic designer respectively, illustrators Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling now own the cartoon licensing company Last Lemon Productions.

Consultant Roger Bridgman was Curator of Communications at London's Science Museum for more than ten years, during which time he wrote DK's 1000 Inventions and Discoveries.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Creatively designed and playfully illustrated, this large-format volume rounds up a wide range of information and covers more than 300 inventions. Energetic hooded characters called Brainwaves usher readers through the labyrinthine pages and provide an ongoing, amusing commentary. The book's centerpieces are six double gatefolds, each focusing on a major invention the lens, steam engine, light bulb, internal combustion engine, transistor and gunpowder which explain the steps leading up to the inventions and how they inspired subsequent developments. Nestled among the gatefolds are spreads devoted to famous inventors; "fascinating firsts," including the first artificial heart, false teeth and blue jeans; such "fabulous flops" as the amphicar (a "car that swims"), a steam-powered aircraft and de Groof's birdlike parachute machine; plus such possible future phenomena as space hotels, solar cars and human cloning. Whimsical design elements emphasize the interconnectedness of one scientific breakthrough with another; "Fascinating firsts," for instance, shows one group of Brainwaves extending a wall from another group. A fact-filled timeline (featuring momentous inventions, architectural feats and historical, cultural and scientific milestones) and a glossary wrap up this enlightening expedition. Ages 8-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756620776
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/18/2006
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.13(w) x 12.19(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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