The Patent Files: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Invention

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Lyons Press, Jan 5, 2000 - Science - 248 pages
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Here in all its eccentricity, is the cutting edge of science: a magnetic train that requires no outside energy source; solar-powered interplanetary travel; an air-purifying helmet; and a device to reduce radioactivity. And just as engrossing is the eccentricity of the invention subculture.

Always lurking in the background and occasionally dominating the foreground -- are the fundamental issues that the scientific avant-garde inevitably confronts: the nature of knowledge, the meaning of thought, the essence of senses, the sanctity of life, the existence of God ... all of which leads to the fascinating final chapter, in which the author attempts -- and fails -- to patent himself.

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THE PATENT FILES: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Invention

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This compilation of Lindsay's long-running New York Press column on inventions blends P.G. Wodehouse's freewheeling joy in the absurd with Orson Welles's razor-sharp social commentary. An index to the ... Read full review

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Fifty of Lindsay's columns from the New York Press are gathered here in seven broad categories. As Lindsay's regular newspaper readers know, these essays concentrate on inventors, their often ... Read full review

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DAVID LINDSAY writes for New York Press and has contributed to such publications as The Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, and The Village Voice. He is the author of House of Invention, also available from The Lyons Press. Lindsay lives in New York City.

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