- Age Range: 8 and up
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316208191
- ISBN-13: 978-0316208192
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries that Made Our World 0th Edition
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Math whizzes will already have deduced from the book’s subtitle that there are 365 inventions and discoveries represented here. That’s no accident: the book is designed like a desktop calendar in which each page tells you something new. Such as January 3, 1957, was the debut of the battery-powered watch, after more than a decade of development. And, on April 10, 1849, the safety pin was patented (revolutionizing, among many other things, the way babies’ diapers are changed). And, on October 31, 1951, pedestrian crossings were introduced in Britain (they call them zebra crossings due to their black-and-white stripes). Drawn from Wired magazine’s blog This Day in Tech, this endlessly fascinating book is simply presented: each page contains a primary subject, a brief discussion of its history and importance, and one-sentence mentions of some other important things that happened on the same date. Its only drawback—though no drawback at all for libraries—is that, unlike a typical desktop calendar, you can’t tear off one page when it’s time to move on to the next. --David Pitt
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Top customer reviews
Who knew that time zones were standardized because of the railroads? (yeah that's what they mean by railroad time). Did you know that the first gravity roller coaster designed for an amusement park opened almost 130 years ago? (in Coney Island). That the safety pin was invented to pay off a 15 dollar debt?
Read Mad Science and you will have daily doses of science trivia to put down that insufferable know-it-all in the office and to dispense at cocktail parties. It a delightful, entertaining read.
I haven't read the entire book yet (I'm saving it for the lull between experiments), but from the sneak peeks I took, I can hardly wait.
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CITATION: Alfred, R. (2012). Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and...Read more