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They All Laughed...: From Light Bulbs to Lasers, the Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives
     

They All Laughed...: From Light Bulbs to Lasers, the Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives

by Ira Flatow
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An estimable science writer ( Rainbows and Curveballs ) and even more expert TV producer/reporter ( Newton's Apple on PBS) here turns to a familiar, perhaps even stale form in his retelling of 24 famous ``serendipity of science'' stories, which reveal the hard-science origins of common domestic products and processes: Vaseline from petroleum, Velcro from a microscopic examination of the design of cockleburssp ok , microwave ovens from radar research, and so on. He offers lots of science trivia, but very little real science; James Burke's similar but more serious and probing The Day the Universe Changed has a reach and depth apparently beyond Flatow's grasp in this slight book, which lacks creativity. Nonetheless, it will appeal as a reference book to science teachers and aspiring young inventors. ( July )
Booknews
Flatow, host of National Public Radio's weekly science talk show (and former host of the PBS science series Newton's apple) reveals the obscure facts and secrets behind many of the worlds great inventions in a humorous, accessible account for a general audience. Includes illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060164454
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 11.11(h) x 1.11(d)

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