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Title:
A history of invention : from stone axes to silicon chips
Author:
Williams, Trevor Illtyd.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Updated & revised / by William E. Schaaf, Jr. with Arianne E. Burnette.
Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
367 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The history of invention. 1987.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780816040728
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

From axe-heads to silicon chips, this history begins with the most primitive tools and ends with the latest technological advancements. Many inventions are chronicled, explained, and placed in their historical, cultural, and scientific context, with their inventors listed in an index.


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Choice Review

Williams, editor of Endeavour and a noted author, has brought out an interesting, informative, and handsomely illustrated survey of invention and technology throughout the world and throughout time. It is more than just a coffee-table piece, for the illustrations are there to augment the text and not the reverse. Regardless, the book is superficial-it contains only 320 pages of text with pictures, plus a biographical dictionary, a bibliography, and an index-so how could it be otherwise? Although the book would be nice to own, it would add little to a college collection; one could recommend this for a high school or public library.-R.W. Mautner, University of Arizona


Excerpts

Excerpts

Praise for the previous edition: Good for report writing, browsing, or cover-to-cover reading.--VOYA Students and researchers looking for information on technologies--past and present--need look no further. The History of Invention, Revised Edition is a fascinating journey that begins with the most primitive tools and weapons and ends with the latest technological advancements in communications, genetics, engineering, construction, medicine, transportation, architecture, agriculture, and space exploration. Literally thousands of inventions are chronicled, explained, and placed in their historical, cultural, and scientific context in this vivid and comprehensive account. A biographical dictionary highlights the individuals who made these advances a reality, and an index makes all of the information in this extraordinary book instantly accessible. This new edition features: A thoroughly revised section on computers and information technology that includes digital photography, digital television, satellite broadcasting, fax machines, and CDs Expanded coverage of advancements in construction techniques for buildings, tunnels, and bridges Updated coverage of genetic technology, such as genetically modified foods. Excerpted from The History of Invention: From Stone Axes to Silicon Chips by Trevor I. Williams All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.