Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 256 pages
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From the polio vaccine to the Post-It, the personal computer to Prozac, these are the scientific and technological innovations that have transformed our world. Award-winning author Alex Hutchinson unveils the 100 greatest inventions of the modern era--starting with the discovery of the transistor in 1947--complete with original photographs and anecdotes about their creation. For example, a candy bar melting in a scientist’s pocket during an experiment led to the invention of the microwave oven.

Hutchinson consulted 25 experts at 17 museums and universities; their collective expertise spans aeronautics, automobiles, biology, computers, medicine, physics, and a host of other fields. The result includes some well-known breakthroughs (the laser, in-vitro fertilization) as well as a host of surprises (waffle-sole running shoes, the pull-top can). This charming book will delight, fascinate, and educate.  

 

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
THE EXPERT PANEL
11
COMPUTERS
13
LEISURE
35
COMMUNICATION
55
BIOLOGY
75
CONVENIENCE
95
MEDICINE
113
TRANSPORTATION
135
BUILDING AND MANUFACTURING
157
HOUSEHOLD
175
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
195
SOURCES
219
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
249
INDEX
252
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About the author (2009)

Alex Hutchinson is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, senior editor at Canadian Running magazine, and columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail. He holds a master's in journalism from Columbia and a Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge, and he did his post-doctoral research with the U.S. National Security Agency.

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