Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries: All the Milestones in Ingenuity--From the Discovery of Fire to the Invention of the Microwave Oven [NOOK Book]

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From the discovery of fire to the invention of the steam engine and the Pentium chip, Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries documents some of the most important discoveries in the scientific world, as well as the practical innovations that have forever changed the life of the human race. This engagingly written, authoritative book organizes more than 400 lively, detailed entries into six ...
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Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries: All the Milestones in Ingenuity--From the Discovery of Fire to the Invention of the Microwave Oven

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Overview

From the discovery of fire to the invention of the steam engine and the Pentium chip, Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries documents some of the most important discoveries in the scientific world, as well as the practical innovations that have forever changed the life of the human race. This engagingly written, authoritative book organizes more than 400 lively, detailed entries into six chronological, easy-to-browse sections:
  • 8000 b.c. to a.d. 300: Prehistoric and ancient civilizations
  • Middle Ages and Renaissance through1599
  • 1600–1790: The Age of the Scientific Revolution
  • 1791–1890: The Industrial Revolution
  • 1891–1934: The Electrical Age
  • 1935 into the 21st century: The Atomic and Electronic Age

Through this historical approach, Rodney Carlisle reveals the fascinating intersection of science and technology through the ages, examining the different styles of creation and innovation.We see how humans acquired an increasing body of ordinary procedures and instruments, from making fire and harvesting crops to living in shelters. Over time, specialists emerged, perfecting and passing down special arts such as carpentry, masonry, and metal smithing.

They flourished in antiquity and organized into craft guilds in many of the societies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. We see how these artisans developed new instruments that helped bring about a refinement of scientific observation, allowing numerous leaps forward in measurement and knowledge of nature.

Engineers and inventors changed the nature of production during the Industrial Revolution–moving from shop work to the large-scale factory–and created a host of new devices, from steam railroads to internal combustion engines. As scientific training began to affect the world of technology, a burst of inventions in the early 1900s changed human life more drastically than ever before. And, even as horrific instruments of warfare were born, a host of technologies was introduced in the electronics, nuclear, and biological fields that held out the promise of future peaceful progress.

Featuring numerous illustrations and informative primary source sidebars, Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries is essential for anyone who wants to delve into the history of science and technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470306925
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/21/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,355,854
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is one of the world’s leading science and technology publications. In English, it reaches more than 3 million people around the world by subscription, newsstands, and online at sciam.com.

RODNEY CARLISLE, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University and Senior Associate at History Associates Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, is the author of a number of books on the history of science and technology, including the forthcoming Encyclopedia of the Atomic Age and Jack Tar: The Life of the Sailor, 1750—1910. He lives in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

General Introduction.

Part I: The Ancient World through Classical Antiquity, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 330.

Part II: The Middle Ages through 1599.

Part III: The Age of Scientific Revolution, 1600 to 1790.

Part IV: The Industrial Revolution, 1791 to 1890.

Part V: The Electrical Age, 1891 to 1934.

Part VI: The Atomic and Electronic Age, 1935 into the 21st Century.

Index.

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