Patents: Ingenious Inventions How They Work and How They Came to Be

Patents: Ingenious Inventions How They Work and How They Came to Be

by Ben Ikenson

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Overview

Patents is covered in bubble wrap, one of man's more ingenious creations. It includes dozens of notable patents, from the airplane, brassiere, chain saw, and fire hydrant to the Internet, parachute, plunger, and zipper. The purpose of each device is explained in accessible language, along with background about the inventor, interesting sidebars and history, and an excerpt from the original patent application. The artwork throughout includes photos of original models and patent diagrams created by the inventors themselves, annotated to show exactly how each item works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603762724
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 15 MB
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Table of Contents

Introduction8
Patents: A History10
Chapter 1The Radical and Revolutionary Patent13
Airplane14
Artificial Heart16
Camera18
DNA Fingerprinting20
Dynamite22
Helicopter24
Internal Combustion Engine26
Chronology of the Automobile Age28
Lightbulb32
Inventor Profile: Thomas A. Edison34
Nuclear Reactor36
Chronology of the Atomic Age39
Penicillin42
Refrigeration44
Rocket46
Skyscraper Steel48
Submarine50
Telegraph53
Telephone55
Typewriter57
Vulcanization of Rubber60
X-Ray Tube61
Chapter 2The Little Patent That Could65
Aerosol Can66
Aspirin68
Barbed Wire69
Bar Code71
Battery73
Inventor Profile: Alessandra Volta75
Bottle Cap76
Calculator78
Cellophane81
Chewing Gum83
Colt Revolver85
Drinking Straw87
Levi Strauss Blue Jeans89
Optical Fiber91
Pez Dispenser93
Transistor95
Chronology of the Computer Age97
Velcro102
Zipper103
Zippo Lighter105
Chapter 3The More Humane Patent109
Adhesive Bandage110
Air bag112
Air conditioning115
Artificial Leg118
Bra120
Ibot122
Inventor Profile: Dean Kamen125
Kevlar126
Laser Eye Surgery128
Magnetic Resonance Imaging130
Nicotine Patch132
Parachute135
Prozac137
Reading System for the Blind139
Respirator141
Seatbelt143
Smoke Detector145
Turtle Excluder Device147
Vitamins149
Chapter 4The Strange & Sensational Patent153
Astroturf154
Bubble Wrap156
Chia Pet158
Chicken Goggles160
Escapable Coffin162
Genetic Engineering164
Goat Traction Footwear166
Kitty Litter168
Lava Lamp170
Neon172
Ouija Board174
Pigeon Starter176
Theremin178
"Towering Inferno" Fire Blanket181
Zeppelin183
Chapter 5The Patent That Eases187
Automated Teller Machine188
Bicycle190
Breech-Loading Ordnance193
Coal Breaker195
Cotton Gin198
Door Lock200
Flush Toilet202
Frozen Food204
Handcuffs206
Handle Guide208
John Deere Plow210
Lawn Mower211
Microwave214
Pasteurization216
Polygraph Lie Detector218
Post-It Notes220
Remote Control222
Tampon224
Traffic Signal226
Vacuum Cleaner229
Viagra232
Chapter 6The Patent That Pleases235
Basketball236
Cornflakes238
Drive-In Movie Theater240
Etch A Sketch243
Fender Stratocaster245
Jukebox247
Peach249
Phonograph252
Radio254
Inventor Profile: Nikola Tesla256
Roller Coaster258
Roller Skates260
Slinky262
Snowboard264
Statue of Liberty266
Television268
Chapter 7Resources273
The Three Types of Patents274
Patents vs. Trademarks275
How to Obtain a Patent276
Useful Resources277
Bibliography279
Index285

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