Inventing a Better Mousetrap: 200 Years of American History in the Amazing World of Patent Models (Make) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1457187186
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"The Rothschild Patent Model Collection lets us see how different our lives would be without the spirit of invention. Seeing what other inventors have done is what motivates us to think outside of the box and to look at life differently. Do we want to watch life go by or be a part of it?"
Steve Wozniak
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."
Kevin Kelly
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."

Chris Coons
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."

Dean Kamen
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."
Sandy Lerner
Pioneer of the Internet
Ayrshire Farm

From the Author

This book is dedicated to the four hundred men and women inventors whose patent models are featured throughout this book. Some of the inventors became famous, such as B.F. Goodrich, Christian Steinway, Nelson Goodyear, and Linus Yale, Jr., known for patenting life-changing inventions. But for most of the inventors chronicled here, their hopes and dreams of becoming rich and famous, or creating some revolutionary new technology, never materialized. Their inventions remained in obscurity, until now. These inventors are finally being recognized for their ingenuity, their imagination, and their efforts in obtaining a United States Patent. May their memories live and be remembered into perpetuity. 
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.

Product details

  • File Size: 98628 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (November 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2015
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0199KTOP8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,188,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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