- Age Range: 7 and up
- Grade Level: 2 and up
- Lexile Measure: 1370L (What's this?)
- Series: Companion To: 100 Events That Shaped World History
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Bluewood Books (July 28, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0912517026
- ISBN-13: 978-0912517025
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Inventions That Shaped World History: Companion To: 100 Events That Shaped World History Paperback – July 28, 1993
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About the Author
Bill Yenne is the author of over three dozen books on military and historical topics, including his critically-acclaimed biography of Sitting Bull. He was a contributor to encyclopedias of both world wars, and is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. He also co-authored a book with Air Force commander General Curtis E. LeMay. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
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There are also a number of errors in the information. In addition to the items mentioned by an earlier reviewer, I know some of the info on the first handheld calculator to be wrong. While I was in graduate school in Indiana in 1968, my boyfriend back in California was at HP, working on the SECOND handheld calculator, which was released about 6 months after Texas Instruments' first model. The TI calculator came on the market at a whopping $750 (not $120); HP's was priced at half that - and the race for smaller, cheaper calculators was on.
I would like to see an expanded, better selected and more accurate version of this topic.
(1) The selection of the inventions could have been better. The Video Disc, Velcro, Xerography, Teflon, the piano, the Dewar flask, the sundial and the inclined plane are all in here, but not paper (T'sai Lun), irrigation, the alphabet, the electric generator, stainless steel, integrated circuit, internet, or air conditioning.
(2) There are some glaring errors in the book. An example is #68 the theory of relativity. First it is a little odd that a scientific theory/discovery is listed together with inventions, but let me quote some errors.
First they claim that the theory of relativity was published in its basic form in 1909, the correct year is 1905.
Last sentence of the first paragraph: "He also theorized that the speed light travels, which we understand as 186,000 miles (299,330 km) per second, is not absolute". Too bad it is exactly the opposite. The theory of relativity is based on the fact that the speed of light in vacuum is absolute.
First sentence third paragraph: "The essence of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is that if matter is converted into energy, the energy released can be shown in the formula E = mc2". Too bad, but that is NOT Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. E=mc2 is a consequence of the special theory of relativity and the E=mc2 paper was published in Annalen der Physik 1905 (p639-p641). The General theory of relativity was published 1915 and had to do with Gravitation and space/time curvature. The authors are mixing up the theories.
The Laser #88: In the second paragraph they try to explain stimulated emission which is the principle behind the Laser. Well this paragraph is not even wrong, it's nonsense.
So in conclusion, it is not a bad book, it is useful, but it could have been a much better book if the authors had tried a little harder to get it right.