The Encyclopedia of Ideas That Changed the World: The Greatest Discoveries and Inventions of Human History

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A highly graphic book (mostly color paintings with soft-focus) for school and public libraries. It is very inviting with generous captions, side-bars and sharp drawings. The text supposes no prior knowledge of the topics (ranging from the lever & wheel to semiconductors and genetic engineering). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670846429
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Time-line of ideas 8
The First Inventions 10
Early tools 12
Making fire 18
Ritual and ceremony 20
Art 22
Improving Man's Chances of Survival 27
Early farming 28
The plough 34
Scientific agriculture 38
Basic shelter 44
Stone and concrete construction 48
Vaults and domes 54
Metal in building construction 60
Early medicine 66
Vaccination 70
Advances in medicine 72
Production Lines 80
Hand tools 82
Simple machines 86
Machine tools 92
Mass production 94
Utilizing the Earth's Resources 100
Natural power 102
The steam engine 108
Electricity and the battery 112
Internal combustion 118
The jet engine 122
Rockets 126
Nuclear power 128
Using Natural and Artificial Materials 130
Pottery and glass 132
Working in metal 138
Plastics 144
Shrinking the World 150
Boats and rafts 152
The compass 156
The wheel 158
Roads and railways 164
Flight 172
Scripts and alphabets 178
The book 184
Optical inventions 190
Remote communications 194
Sound recording 198
Moving images 200
Computers 206
Epilogue 214
Bibliography 218
Index 221
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