The course of human history is marked by great inventors and inventions; but for every Orville or Wilbur Wright, there are dozens of frustrated geniuses whose golden ideas turn to dust. Whether they never made it off the drawing board, failed when put to the test, or were used for evil ends, History’s Worst Inventions chronicles the ideas that inventors would rather forget. Chapters include:
- Black Gold: The Uses and Abuses of Petroleum
- Sitting Pretty: The Crinoline
- Humans and Superhumans: The Pseudo-Science of Eugenics
- Flying High: The Discovery of LSD
- Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be: Subprime Mortgages
This beautifully illustrated book is presented in full color and includes over 80 photographs, paintings, illustrations, and maps depicting the worst inventions and inventors in the world, as well as the victims and consequences of their inventions.
|Edition description:||Illustrated Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.44(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.77(d)|
About the Author
A graduate of Cambridge University, Eric Chaline majored in Japanese History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London. He is conducting doctoral research in sociology at London’s South Bank University. His previous publications include: The Book of Gods and Goddesses: A Visual Directory of Ancient and Modern Deities and Traveler’s Guide to the Ancient World: Ancient Greece.