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Title:
Inventions and inventors
Author:
Smith, Roger, 1953 April 19-
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
2 volumes (xi, 936 pages) ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
v.1. Abortion pill - Laminated glass (1-468) -- v.2. Laser - Yellow fever vaccine, index. (459-936).
ISBN:
9781587650161

9781587650178

9781587650185
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Book

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Summary

This new addition to the Magill's Choice series examines 160 of the most significant inventions of the 20th century, and the people behind the inventions. The overall selection of topics has an appealing, eclectic quality. Essays cover such diverse subject areas as High-Tech, including computers, compact discs and cellular phones, to common Household Devices such as polyester, Tupperware and Velcro, and Medical Advances including heart-lung machines, artificial kidneys, and mammography. Articles vary in length from 1,000-2,500 words, each opening with a brief summary of the nature and significance of the invention, followed by a clear analysis of the invention's history and impact. Further study notes at the end of each article will point readers to at least three other published or online sources on the topic.


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Booklist Review

New title in the Magill's Choice series. Essays are drawn from Twentieth Century: Great Events(1992, 1996), Twentieth Century: Great Scientific Achievements(1994), and Great Events from History II: Business and Commerce Series (1994). Information has been updated, all "Further Reading" lists have been revised, and biographical sidebars have been added. RBB.


Choice Review

A fascinating survey of noteworthy breakthroughs and inventions of the 20th century, this set covers a wide variety of fields, agriculture to medicine to weapons technology. Although many of the more than 190 essays appeared earlier in The Twentieth Century: Great Events (10v., 1992; supp., 3v., 1996), Twentieth Century: Great Scientific Achievements (10v., 1994; supp., 3v., 1997) and Great Events from History II: Business and Commerce Series (5v., CH, Apr'95), they have been updated and new bibliographical notes added. The essays themselves are well written and succinct--about 1,000 words apiece. Arranged alphabetically by the conventional name of the invention, each essay begins with a brief description of the invention followed by a list of significant contributors and an analysis discussing the discovery process and its resulting impact. Each essay includes useful cross-references and suggestions for further reading. Biographical sidebars and illustrations accompany most of the essays. Other features include a comprehensive index, a time line of inventions, and an appendix that lists inventions by category. Interesting at any academic level, this set is a well-organized and diverse compilation of the 20th century's greatest inventions and inventors. Recommended for general and undergraduate collections. S. Markgren Mount Sinai School of Medicine


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