Scottish Firsts: A Celebration of Innovation and Achievement

Scottish Firsts: A Celebration of Innovation and Achievement

by Elspeth Wills

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Scottish Firsts: A Celebration of Innovation and Achievement by Elspeth Wills

What would the world be like without the phone, the fax, or television? How would it have developed without steam power or the oil industry? Could we survive without penicillin or antiseptic surgery? From Napier’s bones to Dolly the sheep, Scottish Firsts marks the amazing achievements of a small country whose influence has helped shape the modern world. It tells the stories of Scotland’s heroes, famous and unsung, from William Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting, to Ian Donald, whose prototype of the pregnancy scanner included a contraceptive sheath. Here, too, is everything from sports firsts to the world’s most extreme environments where Scots have left their mark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781840186116
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
1.Napoleon and Dolly: Exploring the Body11
2.The Father of Limeys and the Poison Arrow Men: Finding the Cure35
3.'Dafty' and the Wine Merchant's Son: Shedding the Light of Science55
4.The Minister who Blew Hot Air and the Black Hole: Engineering Solutions81
5.Charlotte Dundas and the Craigievar Express: Steering the World105
6.Calling Thomas Watson and William Taynton: Making the World Smaller129
7.The Man with a Wooden Top Hat and Wellies: Creating Home Comforts147
8.'Dismal Johnnie' and the Original Green: Shaping the Future171
9.Macs and Taipans: Making their Mark on the World201
10.A Scots Hotch Potch229
Index249

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