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The 100 Greatest Inventions Of All Time

Tom Philbin

ISBN 0806524049
Publish Date 1/1/2005
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Citadel, Science, Reference
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The Innovations That Shaped Our Lives

Gathered for the first time into one comprehensive volume, here are The 100 Greatest Inventions Of All Time—the fascinating stories of how they were created, and the impact they’ve had on our world.

Think about it! Where would we be without:

  • Internal Combustion Engines

  • Airplanes

  • Clocks

  • Transistors

  • Anesthesia

  • Compasses

  • Plumbing

  • Batteries

  • Plows

  • Television and Radio

  • Computers

From the seemingly simple device that made ground transportation possible to the incredibly sophisticated machine that enabled us to cross oceans without touching the water, Tom Philbin presents 100 amazing and inspirational accounts that remind us just how far we’ve come, and the amazing achievements of which humankind is capable.

There are moments when a spark of human ingenuity launches the past straight into the future, and the course of our lives is changed forever…

Some of civilization’s greatest inventions come readily to mind—the wheel, the light bulb, the airplane, the telephone. But what about eyeglasses, paper, nails and screws—even paint? Starting with the important distinction between “invention” and “discovery”, and with the help of experts in science and industry, author Tom Philbin has compiled the first-ever list of the top 100 inventions of all time, rated in order of their impact on our development. From the wheel to the washing machine, from the printing press to the photocopier, the stories of how these inventions came to be are often as amazing as the devices themselves!

Packed with detail about the innovations that changed our lives and the people who created them, The 100 Greatest Inventions Of All Time is entertaining and illuminating reading for science and history buffs, students, and anyone fascinated by the marvels of ingenuity that have transformed some of our wildest dreams into reality.

Tom Philbin is a longtime freelance writer and the author of both fiction and non-fiction, with over 44 books to his credit, including The Illustrated Dictionary of Building Terms, How to Hire a Home Improvement Contractor without Getting Chiseled, and Cop Speak: The Lingo of Law Enforcement, for which he won the 1997 Quill and Badge Award for excellence in communication from the International Union of Police Associations. He has also written widely for such publications as Parade, Reader’s Digest and Women’s Day. He lives in Centerport, New York.

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