One of mankind's most fascinating inventions is the camera. The earliest observations about the effect of the light bouncing off an object, traveling through a pinhole, and producing an image are recorded in the 400s B.C. in China (Mo-tzu). Around 1000 A.D., an Arabian scholar, Al-Hazen, wrote an accurate description of the effects of light shining through a pinhole into a darkened room, which would later become the camera obscura (Latin for "darkened room"). In the 1500s, a glass lens replaced the pinhole, and the addition of a mirror to reverse an image paved the way for the camera obscura (now a box) to become the camera we know today. Development combined with experimentation in Europe, England, and the United States accelerated the evolution of the camera from the fleeting silver nitrate images of Thomas Wedgwood to the digital images sent so easily around the world today. The birth of photography, as we know it, is credited to Joseph Niepce and Louis Daguerre. From there it was a relatively short step to George Eastman (Kodachrome film), Edwin Land (Polaroid Camera), the invention of electronic cameras and single use cameras, among other innovations. The history of the development of the camera is followed by chapters on how to take pictures, the parts of a camera, digital cameras, specialized cameras, and possible future inventions and uses of the camera. A glossary and index conclude the test. The information is beautifully paired with photographs, graphic illustrations, and colorful page design. This book would be an excellent addition to a science classroom or art class on photography. Part of the "Breakthrough Inventions" series.