Ancient Inventions

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Michael O'Mara, 1995 - Inventions - 672 pages
A popular misconception exists that the builders of teh pyramids or the cavepainters of prehistory were somehow less intelligent than we are. This simply isn't true - there is no evidence that the human brain has evolved at all in the last 50,000 years at least. Modern people are merely benefiting from 1000s of years of accumulated knowledge and experimentation, not from increased intellect' - Introduction . This books explores the origins of a whole range of inventions from the ancient and medieval worlds, dividing them into a range of subject headings, including: medicine, transportation, sex life, military technology, personal effects, urban life, agriculture, communications, and sport and leisure. A mass of interesting information presented in an accesible manner.

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There's nothing new under the sun. This book recounts the earliest beginnings of almost everything today that we think of as modern, and some will truly amaze you as to how far back they go.. Read full review


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Not just an inventory of gizmos and whatsits, this is a responsible attempt by two British archaeologists (Centuries of Darkness, not reviewed) to construct an overview of science and technology in ... Read full review



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Peter James was born in Brighton, England on August 22, 1948. He graduated from Ravensbourne Film School and worked as screen writer and film producer for several years. He began his writing career in 1979 and has written over 25 books including Dead Letter Drop, Twilight, Host, Alchemist, The Perfect Murder, Perfect People, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series. He won the UK Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger award in 2016. The Diamond Dagger is awarded to writers whose careers are `marked by sustained excellence¿, and who have `made a significant contribution to crime writing published in the English language¿. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by CWA members.

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