- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 256th ed. edition (June 30, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060924152
- ISBN-13: 978-0060924157
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They All Laughed... From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives 256th ed. Edition
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From Library Journal
Flatow, host of a National Public Radio weekly science talk show and author of Why Rainbows? And Other Wonders of the Natural World Explained (Morrow, 1988), has put together an entertaining overview of how some of our more interesting scientific discoveries and inventions have come to be. From teflon to lasers, from xerography to velcro, he humorously describes the often serendipitous events leading to the particular breakthrough. The treatment is enthusiastic and lighthearted and not organized in any thematic or chronological fashion. Quick and informative reading that is recommended for larger collections.
- Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, Cal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday®. He is the author of Rainbows, Curve Balls, and They All Laughed. He lives in Connecticut.
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Top Customer Reviews
My favorite chapter is on the invention of the Television, which has not one but 5 inventors.