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Title:
Encyclopedia of modern everyday inventions
Author:
Cole, David John, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
x, 285 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313313455
Format :
Book

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Summary

The 20th century saw radical changes to the pulse and quality of its everyday life, thanks to a wave of astonishing inventions that improved virtually every aspect of daily existence. Some inventions became essential household products we continue to use today. Others were replaced by new and improved inventions. This invaluable reference presents more than 40 alphabetical categories of everyday inventions for the home and domestic life, grouped by purpose or function.

Inventions covered in Encyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions include ballpoint pens, coffee makers, electric guitars, hair dryers, the Internet, remote controls, zippers, and many other daily household items. Articles detail each invention's history, including how it works and what future developments are possible. A portrait of the larger historical, technological, and cultural landscape helps students understand why certain products were invented and how the future could alter the need for these products. An index and cross-references allow readers to easily find specific inventions of interest. Illustrations and diagrams complement the text.


Author Notes

David J. Cole is head of the department of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, where he teaches and writes articles on values and technology.

Eve Browning Cole is associate professor of philosophy at University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN.

Fred E. H. Schroeder is professor emeritus of humanities at University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN. He specializes in popular culture topics.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Profiles of approximately 150 20th-century inventions, from Post-Its to Murphy beds, gumball machines to the Internet. Arranged in small groups beneath 42 rubrics-"Frozen Foods," "Home Video," "Personal Hygiene Products"-the articles include specific but nontechnical discussions of the invention's development, principles, and components, and conclude with a short list of both print and electronic resources. The volume opens with a useful overview plus a time line, 1623-1999, and closes with a skimpy general index. Written in dry, passive-voice prose and scantly illustrated with drab black-and-white photos, this title merits consideration as, at best, a secondary purchase behind Pauline Webb and Mark Suggitt's Gadgets and Necessities (ABC-CLIO, 2000) or Roger Bridgman's superficial but more visually appealing 1000 Inventions and Discoveries (DK, 2002).-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Timeline of Inventions
Adhesive Tapes
Audio Recording
Ballpoint Pen Barcodes and Magnetic Stripes
Batteries Bread Machines
Calculators and Cash Registers
Cameras
Cleaning Products
Compact Discs
Construction Toys
Convertible Furniture
Copiers and Duplicators
Credit Cards
Digital Telecommunications
Dishwashers Electric
Lights Electronic
Musical Instruments
Fasteners Food
Containers and Wraps
Frozen Foods Glues and Adhesives Hair
Care Products
Home Video
Jukeboxes
Kitchen
Appliances, Motorized Microwave Ovens
Motion Pictures
Personal Hygiene
Products Phonographs and High Fidelity
Power Tools
Radios
Refrigerators
Remote
Controls
Telephones
Telephone
Answering
Machines
Television
Vacuum
Cleaners
Vending
Machines
Video Games and Computer Games
Washing Machines and Dryers

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