Inventing the 20th Century: 100 Inventions That Shaped the Worldby Stephen van Dulken, Andrew Phillips
Imagine your average day without zippers, airplanes or vacuum cleaners, without your personal stereo, without photocopiers. All of these devices were invented within the last hundred years and have since transformed our daily lives. Drawing on the British Library's vast and comprehensive collection of patents, this handsomely illustrated book recounts the history of one hundred of the most significant inventions of the century, decade by decade. From the photocopier to the Slinky, from genetic fingerprinting to the Lava Lamp, from the ballpoint pen to the fuel cell, Inventing the 20th Century is an informative, illuminating window into the technology of the twentieth century. It's the perfect gift book for every inventor and tinkerer in your life!
- Boston Globe
“A wonderful book”
- L.A. Daily Breeze ,Oct. 19, 2001
- New York University Press
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“A wonderful book”
-L.A. Daily Breeze,Oct. 19, 2001
"Highly entertaining . . . In addition to being able to tell a good story, van Dulken . . . easily assembles complex ideas from chemistry and engineering and makes them palatable for the lay person. Van Dulken has assembled a panoramic snapshot of the century. By giving us a picture of our past, van Dulken also presents our future."
"A fascinating compendium for trivia seekers."
"Remarkable . . . get the book for yourself. It'll hold you for many hours."
-Wall Street Journal,
"One more treasure trove for trivia addicts."
Meet the Author
The author of Inventing the 20th Century: 100 Inventions that Shaped the World and American Inventions: A History of Curious, Extraordinary, and Just Plain Useful Patents (both available through NYU Press), Stephen Van Dulken is an expert curator in the Patents Information Service of The British Library.
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