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Brain power : what's the big idea? : 2,400,000 years of inventions

Author: David Stewart
Publisher: Hauppauge, NY : Barrons Educational Series, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : 1st ed. for the U.S., its territories and dependencies, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippine RepublicView all editions and formats
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Describes some of the most important inventions from the Stone Age to the early twenty-first century, including roads, eyeglasses, sandwiches, undersea cables, automobiles, and portable phones. Organization is by historical periods. Boys and girls with inquisitive minds will open this book and feast on the wealth of information and ideas connected with the long history of human inventions. It's a lighthearted,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Juvenile works
Nonfiction
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Stewart
ISBN: 0764158988 9780764158988
OCLC Number: 62126001
Description: 64 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Early people : 2,400,000 to 8000 B.C. --
The first cities : 11,000 to 2000 B.C. --
The ancient world : 3000 to 230 B.C. --
The ancient Greeks : 285 to 150 B.C. --
The Romans : 73 B.C. to AD 476 --
The Dark Ages : AD 300 to 950 --
The early Middle Ages : 1066 to 1286 --
Castles at war : 1300 to 1364 --
Feudal society : 1295 to 1400 --
The Renaissance : 1415 to 1565 --
New horizons : 1492 to 1590 --
Particles and planets : 1572 to 1661 --
Building big machines : 1665 to 1752 --
New steam power : 1755 to 1792 --
The electric revolution : 1799 to 1824 --
Trains and tracks : 1819 to 1840 --
Factories and tools : 1833 to 1859 --
Bright lights, big cities : 1852 to 1879 --
New communications : 1876 to 1891 --
Learning to fly : 1893 to 1901 --
Mass production : 1901 to 1912 --
The broadcasting age : 1912 to 1926 --
Sophisticated weapons : 1923 to 1946 --
Global superpowers : 1941 to 1958 --
The race for space : 1960 to 1969 --
Modern technology : 1970 to 1979 --
The final frontier : 1980 to 1987 --
Living in a cyberworld : 1990 to 1999 --
The new millennium : 2000 to?
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Describes some of the most important inventions from the Stone Age to the early twenty-first century, including roads, eyeglasses, sandwiches, undersea cables, automobiles, and portable phones. Organization is by historical periods. Boys and girls with inquisitive minds will open this book and feast on the wealth of information and ideas connected with the long history of human inventions. It's a lighthearted, color-illustrated approach to human technology, starting with the discovery and control of fire some 750,000 years ago and progressing to the space vehicles, cell phones, and digital equipment of today. Kids might be surprised to learn that the first lighthouse dates back to 285 B.C., and stood off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt. They'll also learn about the origin of paper in China, nearly 2,000 years ago, the first European use of gunpowder in the fourteenth century, the development of the telescope in the sixteenth century by Galileo and others, the 1783 first manned balloon flight, accomplished in France by the Montgolfier Brothers, the invention of the airplane by the Wright Brothers, the origins of telephone, and later, of radio communication in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and much more. Young readers will also find thumbnail sketches of important inventors and thinkers, such men and women as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Henry Ford, the Francis Crick-James Watson DNA-discovery team, and Microsoft's Bill Gates, who made computer technology a part of everyday life. This fascinating volume features color illustrations on every page plus a glossary and index.

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