The 100 Greatest Inventions Of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present (Google eBook)

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Citadel Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Reference - 294 pages
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An in-depth look at the top 100 inventions through the ages, ranked in order of their impact on the world. Discover the scientific, cultural and historical factors that determine each invention's rank and marvel at the array of authentic patent drawings. packed with details of the setbacks and breakthroughs, plus anecdotes describing the methods and madness behind the innovations that have shaped our lives, The 100 Greatest Inventions of All Time is an entertaining and illuminating read for anyone interested in the miracles of ingenuity that have transformed the world.
  

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The selection of the most important 100 inventions of all times is, in a sense, an impossible task, and the present volume only represents an honest attempt at it, rather than anything that can be ... Read full review

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Though the idea of ranking inventions might seem a little silly, Philbin's catalog of machines and tools that have changed the world proves a surprisingly absorbing read--largely because of the author ... Read full review

Contents

Wheel
1
Light Bulb
5
Printing Press
8
Telephone
10
Television
13
Radio
17
Gunpowder
20
Desktop Computer
23
MRI
156
Drywall
158
Electric Motor
161
Barbed Wire
163
Condom
166
Telescope
169
EKG Machine
172
Pacemaker
175

Telegraph
26
Internal Combustion Engine
29
PenPencil
33
Paper
35
Automobile
39
Airplane
41
Plow
45
Eyeglasses
48
Atomic Reactor
51
Atomic Bomb
54
Colossus Computer
57
Toilet
60
Rifle
62
Pistol
65
Plumbing
68
IrontoSteel Process
71
Wire
74
Transistor
77
Steam Engine
79
Sail
82
Bow and Arrow
84
Welding Machine
87
McCormick Reaper
89
Jet Engine
93
Locomotive
95
Anesthesia
98
Battery
101
Nail
104
Screw 207
107
XRay Machine
110
Compass
113
Wooden Ships
115
Stethoscope
118
Skyscraper
120
Elevator
125
Clock 227
127
Chronometer
130
Microscope 234
134
Braille
137
Radar
139
Air Conditioning
141
Suspension Bridge
144
Thermometer 247
147
Incubator 257
150
Kidney Dialysis Machine
178
Camera
181
Global Positioning System
184
Sewing Machine
187
Film
190
Spinning Jenny
193
Brick
196
Motion Picture Camera
201
Dynamite
202
Cannon
205
Balloon Framing
208
Typewriter
211
Diesel Engine
213
Triode Vacuum Tube
217
AC Induction Motor
219
Helicopter
223
Calculator
225
Flashlight
228
Laser
231
Steamboat
234
Fax Machine
236
Tank
238
Rocket
241
Cotton Gin
244
Windmill
246
Submarine
249
Paint
252
CTScan
253
Circuit Breaker
254
Washing Machine
256
Threshing Machine
259
Fire Extinguisher
262
Refrigerator
265
Oven
268
Bicycle
271
Tape Recorder
275
Oil Derrick
278
Phonograph
281
Fire Sprinklers
284
Video Recorder
287
Acknowledgments
290
Index
291
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About the author (2005)

Tom Philbin (Centerport, NY) has been a longtime freelance writer. He has written a variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction. His latest are Barbaro: A Nation s Love Story; Two Minutes to Glory: The Official History of the Kentucky Derby, which was entered by the publisher for a Pulitzer Prize in history; and The Killer Book of True Crime. He also writes for Reader s Digest.

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