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Jack Kerouac opined that walking on water wasn't built in a day and that adage's implication holds true with any innovation. In 2007, the X Prize Foundation announced a $10 million prize to anyone who could design and build a safe, mass-producible capable to traveling 100 miles on the equivalent one gallon of gasoline. More than one hundred creative teams jumped into the race and so did the author of this book. Jason Fagone wasn't aiming, however, at the award money; instead, he followed four very different groups of would-be inventors, tracking their brainstorms and bright ideas; all-night engineering sessions; evolving plans and unexpected log jams; and surprise breakthroughs. Combining science, suspense, and human interest, Ingenious taps our fascination with making things new.