How James Watt Invented the Copier: Forgotten Inventions of Our Great Scientists

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 14, 2011 - Science - 170 pages
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Features 25 different scientists and the ideas which may not have made them famous, but made history...

Typically, we remember our greatest scientists from one single invention, one new formula or one incredible breakthrough. This narrow perspective does not give justice to the versatility of many scientists who also earned a reputation in other areas of science. James Watt, for instance, is known for inventing the steam engine, yet most people do not know that he also invented the copier. Alexander Graham Bell of course invented the telephone, but only few know that he invented artificial breathing equipment, a prototype of the ‘iron lung’. Edmond Halley, whose name is associated with the comet that visits Earth every 75 years, produced the first mortality tables, used for life insurances. This entertaining book is aimed at anyone who enjoys reading about inventions and discoveries by the most creative minds. Detailed illustrations of the forgotten designs and ideas enrich the work throughout.

 

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Contents

Johannes Kepler
1
Robert Hooke
7
Edmond Halley
13
Daniel Bernoulli
19
Benjamin Franklin
25
Joseph Priestley
31
James Watt
37
Edward Jenner
43
Alexander Graham Bell
89
Hendrik Antoon Lorentz
95
Svante Arrhenius
103
Pierre Curie
110
Walther Nernst
117
Albert Einstein
123
Harlow Shapley
131
Erwin Schr÷dinger
137

John Dalton
49
Thomas Young
55
Charles Darwin
70
William Thomson Lord Kelvin
77
James Clerk Maxwell
83
Enrico Fermi
143
Rosalind Franklin
150
George Gamow
159
Illustration Credits
166
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Since 2005, RenÚ Schils has been a freelance science writer and in the past five years has written nearly twenty articles on this topic for the Dutch science magazine ‘Natuurwetenschap en Techniek’. Subsequently, these articles were used as the basis for this book. Currently, RenÚ writes popular science articles on varying topics for several science magazines, which can be viewed at the author’s website www.reneschils.nl.

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