Co-Founder of Apple Computer
"A national treasury of inspiration for tinkers, model-makers, inventors, hobbyists, innovators, and designers. Both the ingenious mechanisms animating each of these inventions as well as their delightful small-scale model embody a genius that is celebrated by this unique book."
Co-Founder of Wired Magazine
Past Editor & Publisher of Whole Earth Review
Editor & Publisher of Cool Tools Website
"The Rothschild Patent Model Collection reminds us that our nation's economic growth is tied to our ability to turn promising ideas into job-supporting innovations. This book illustrates how ideas hatched going back as far as 200 years ago become innovations that were often protected by patents that helped advance our economy. Our culture's embrace of ingenuity and creativity encourages the inventors of our country to continue pursuing their ideas, and those patents are absolutely the center of our global leadership in business."
United States Senator, (D-Delaware)
"Inventing a Better Mousetrap is an artfully humanized collection of great inventors and their beautiful creations that elegantly achieves that goal. If we want the next 200 years of American growth and innovation to be as exciting as the last two centuries, this book should be required reading."
President of DEKA Research and Development Corp.
Founder of FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
"Alan and Ann have preserved the physical history of the first two centuries of Yankee ingenuity, and for this, as a nation, may we be truly grateful. Now, they have brought all of these wonderful models to us in their book, so how 'bout it, Americans--let's put down those electronic tablets and start THINKING again."
Pioneer of the Internet
From the Author
We would also like to dedicate this book to our good friend, Dr. Forrest Bird (June 9, 1921-August 2, 2015). Dr. Bird's respiratory inventions have been responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives throughout the world. Not only was he a major inspiration to us, but his impact on our world will continue to be felt. Forrest Bird was a brilliant yet humble man who was one of the world's greatest inventors. We will miss him very much.