What's the Big Idea?

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Salariya Publishers, 2005 - Inventions - 64 pages
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What's the Big Idea? explores the story of inventions through the ages and explains how ideas and technology from different countries and times are built on and developed - that inventions don't just 'happen'. Stunningly illustrated throughout, and with a clear text, it covers many important inventions, from the first stone axe to genetic engineering and the internet - not forgetting the 2,400,000 years in between! The lives of famous and not-so-famous inventors are described. Men and women from different cultural backgrounds, whose major contributions have been overlooked in the past, are included. A time line of events puts inventions in their historical context, showing how wars and trade push ideas forward. The book features a clear, concise text, full-colour illustrations and humorous drawings, which will engage even [Illegible] readers. A complete glossary and index make this title ideal for home and school. What's the Big Idea? covers several of the [Illegible] studied under Key Stage 2 of the History curriculum, including the major ancient civilisations, the [Illegible], the Victorians and modern [Illegible]. in the [Illegible] of the National Literacy [Illegible]. It helps [Illegible] the goals of the [Illegible] Standard Curriculum 5-14, promoting 'positive [Illegible] to learning', 'knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the world' and 'skills in literacy'.

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Author of 17 books, David Stewart is a former professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. He was Director of the MacCarthy Geophysics Laboratory in North Carolina and Founder/Director of the Center for Earthquake Studies in Cape Girardeau. It is a former Executive Director of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, a sub-agency of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). His other books include "Damages and Losses of Future New Madrid Earthquakes," "The New Madrid Fault Finders Guide," and "The Earthquake that Never Went Away.

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