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History of Invention, Revised Edition: From Stone Axes to Silicon Chips Hardcover – January, 2000

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“This is a fine one-volume chronological narrative of invention and technology.” -- Science Books & Films, September/October 2000
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books; Rev Upd Su edition (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816040729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816040728
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If a higher rating were available, I would give it to this book. This is an illustrated history of human creativity with its primary focus on several hundred inventions. The range of inventions discussed extends from "stone axes to silicon chips." The book is lavishly, abundantly illustrated. Vivid and compelling graphics include artists' renderings, photographs, maps, and time lines of various eras, from "The Beginning of Civilization" (Chapter 1) until "The Shrinking Earth" (Chapter 35). The concluding chapter, "Into the Future", examines three driving forces: convergence, communication, and collaboration. The reader is then provided with an immensely useful Biographical Dictionary and Bibliography to pursue in greater detail subjects of special interest.
Without the illustrations, this book would still be a magnificent scholarly achievement. Lest you be deterred, I hasten to add that its narrative frequently reminded me of a novel such as Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth. What I have is a "Revised Edition" of a work first published in 1987. For me, as already implied, this is one of the most entertaining as well as one of the most informative books I have read in recent years. Trevor I. Williams is identified as the author; William E. Schaaf, Jr. with Arianne E. Burnette are credited wth the updating and revising of Williams' original material. For purposes of convenience, I shall refer to them as "the collaborators" and hope that no one takes offense.
The collaborators examine those inventions which had especially great impact on the societies in which they were introduced.
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I am very impressed by the usability of this book. The cross referencing footnotes really helped when flipping to different subjects or time periods. The index and biographical information really work well for me.
The organization of subjects is wonderful, inventions are arranged linearly within the subject chapter.
The information is concise and interesting. The illustrations, timelines and photographs were extremely helpful. This book is a great way to familiarize oneself with man-made technological progress.
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