Ole Evinrude, designer of the outboard boat motor; Stephanie Kwolek, creator of Kevlar; and Henry Ford, architect of the moving assembly line are just a few of the American inventors profiled in Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse by freelance writer and editor David E. Brown. Along with contributors Lester C. Thurow and James Burke, Brown simplifies technical data and uses an enthusiastic, almost proselytizing tone: "We can all be inventors, just like the ones in this book. They show us the way." These words may restrict the primary audience for this volume to those under legal voting age, but full color photographs, diagrams and intriguing tidbits like how a "tiny mistake led to the invention of the modern pacemaker" make this a good book for most to browse. ( Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A marvelous history of American invention, profiling George Washington Carver (industrial uses of agricultural products) and including six women: Sally Fox (naturally colored cotton), Marie-Claire King (advances in breast cancer), Stephanie Kwolek (Kevlar), and logician Erna Schneider Hoover (the computerized telephone switching system) among them. Men include Raymond Damadian (the MRI scanner), Wilson Greatbatch (implantable cardiac pacemaker), Henry Ford (the assembly line), Douglas Englebart (computer mouse), Buckminster Fuller (geodesic dome), Raymond Kurzweil (an optical reading machine for the blind), Percy Spencer (microwave oven), and Steve Wozniak (personal computer). Thirty-five innovators are profiled. Would you believe Al Gross invented the walkie-talkie in 1937, Garrett Morgan the traffic light in 1923, and Ole Evinrude the outboard boat motor in 1911? Great stuff: inspiring indeed.
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"A well-written, lavishly illustrated success, and a cheerful one at that..." Roy Herbert New Scientist
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A well-written, lavishly illustrated success, and a cheerful one at that...
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Inventing Modern America is full of fascinating adventure stories about science, engineering, and technology. The book shows
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A fascinating look at the individuals whose genius is at the heart of the inventing process -- the inventors themselves.
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"Inventing Modern America is full of fascinating adventure stories about science, engineering, and technology. The book shows American inventors to be as diverse and as interesting as the things they invent."Henry Petroski, A. S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University, and author of Invention by Design
"A fascinating look at the individuals whose genius is at the heart of the inventing processthe inventors themselves."Q. Todd Dickinson, Partner,Howrey Simon Arnold and White, LLP, former US Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks