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Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History (Fifty Things That Changed the Course of Histoy) Hardcover – October 11, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1770850903 ISBN-10: 1770850902

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  • Series: Fifty Things That Changed the Course of Histoy
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770850902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770850903
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume showcases machines such as the Jacquard loom, which automated the silk-weaving industry; the Hoover Suction Sweeper, which was the first upright electric vacuum; and the Hayes SmartModem, the first fully automated modem. The 50 entries are arranged in chronological order and range from two to six pages long. Entries are pleasing to the eye with photographs, illustrations, time lines, and quotes separate from the text. The tone of the text is readable and conversational, placing each machine and its creator within a historical context. The volume concludes with lists of books for further reading and useful websites and an index. Recommended for school and public libraries. --Blaise Dierks

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Chaline brings a sociologist's eye for detail to this engrossing book... fascinating...above the usual lineup of reference books... Fifty Machines works fine as a cover-to-cover read, but it is endlessly browsable. (Sam Bloom, Blue Ash Library, Cincinnati, OH School Library Journal 2013-01-00)

An admirable, concise, well-organized, and accurate exploration of 50 machines that have proven pivotal in human civilization from 1760 to the present... Entries are a minimum of two pages to a maximum of six pages with well-chosen historic pictures of the artifacts themselves supplemented by depictions of the inventors, the schematics of their devices or other matters of historical interest, and a clearly written narrative. Images closer to the present are often in full color. A frequently used timeline visualizes the flow of technological innovation and the ways in which new inventions build upon prior ideas. (Dennis W. Cheek, Executive Director of the Nationa Science Books and Film 2013-05-01)

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Photos, time lines, and sidebars all make this a great reference book. (Calliope Magazine 2014-04-01)

This volume showcases machines such as the Jacquard loom, which automated the silk-weaving industry; the Hoover Suction Sweeper, which was the first upright electric vacuum; and the Hayes SmartModern, the first fully automated modem. The 50 entries are arranged in chronological order and range from two to six pages long. Entries are pleasing to the eye, with photographs, illustrations, time lines, and quotes separate from the text. The tone of the text is readable and conversational, placing each machine and its creator within a historical context. The volume concludes with lists of books for further reading and useful websites and an index. Recommended for school and public libraries. (Blaise Dierks Booklist 2012-12-15)

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I've purchased all five books in this series (Fifty Machines, Railroads, Animals, Plants, and Minerals that Changed the Course of History) and they've proven consistently delightful. Each one carefully selects many of the pivotal things that have had a profound impact on human life and societies on a large scale, connecting them both directly and tangentially to numerous other items and events. One will not agree with the authors' every choice, but they are always thought-provoking.

In chapters that range from two to six pages, "Fifty Machines" details the processes by which fundamental modern inventions came into being. The text concisely and entertainingly places them into context and provides a rationale for their significance. Detailed sidebars diagram the devices' elements, functions, and key features.

The book takes you on a chronological tour from the earliest looms, calculators, engines, and trains to the mass production of bikes, record players, radios, typewriters, cameras, lights, phones, cars, and TVs. You follow the story from domestic labor-saving devices like vacuums, fridges, air conditioners, and washing machines to the introduction of rockets, planes, electron microscopes, nuclear reactors, medical scanners, and such gizmos as music players, computers, and cellphones. The book concludes with a useful list of further readings and related websites.

Each of these books is cleverly designed, copiously illustrated, and beautifully bound a la the renowned Dorling-Kindersley books, and each makes a fine, durable resource for family and school libraries. They provide a jumping-off point for further research and an invitation into the perennial game of "what would you have included on or excluded from this list." All of them are great fun to pick up and browse at random or read from cover to cover.
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By Rickee on November 29, 2013
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Another Christmas present for a relative that loves this kind of subject. Some in here I'd never really thought about.
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Fantastic book about what the title states. I can not say as I disagree with very many of the author's choices, either. Of course the reader will find Tesla, Edison, etc cetera as well as their offerings. Machines that date from more than 200 years ago to the equipment that we enjoy in the twenty first century that makes our lives so much easier and convenient. V2 rockets, Saturn V rockets, power mowers, washing machines, air conditioning, refrigerators, early radio systems and of course, the Model T and Henry Ford. The author explains how each and every one of these inventions has made its mark in our lives and how they have done this. Concise and to the point. He gives just enough information to justify his choice for each invention. For anyone who looks to understand how the past has transpired to give us the lives we have today.
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FIFTY MACHINES is a fun, thought-provoking book that talks about a variety of machines (since the Industrial Revolution) that changed society in a dramatic way. The author covers a wide range of devices. Everything from the first brick cell-phone to washing machines; from the Jacquard loom to the electron microscope... and more.

Machines get at a minimum, 2 pages which present a little bit about who invented them and why; as well as what changes they evoked and what people thought about them. There are diagrams and pictures.

There's no real introduction that provides a deep and meaningful backdrop to how tools and machines have changed the world. Instead the author just jumps off and begins talking about them, dropping hints about the ramifications as he goes.

Well written, there is no worry that the reader is going to be over-whelmed by too-much information. Instead this is the type of book you might pick up and read a quick chapter at any time.

Fun book. Would make a fine addition to a school or classroom library. Or to the shelves of someone with a nascent interest in machines. Not a book for someone interesting in in-depth research.
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I found it fascinating and an excellent reference manual. Author did a very good job of condensing a lot of facts for each machine. Highly recommended for summer reading
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