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Inventing modern America : from the microwave to the mouse

Author: David E Brown
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the personal stories of thirty-five American scientists, technologists, and researchers whose inventions have had a significant impact on life in the twentieth century in the areas of medicine and healthcare, consumer products, transportation, energy and the environment, and computing and telecommunications.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David E Brown
ISBN: 0262025086 9780262025089 0262523493 9780262523493 0585481016 9780585481012
OCLC Number: 47916189
Notes: "A publication of the Lemelson-MIT program for invention and innovation."
Awards: Winner of Winner in the category of Science in the 2002 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) presented by Independent Publisher Magazine. 2002
Description: xi, 209 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Medicine and healthcare. Raymond Damadian : MRI scanner, magnetic resonance imaging (1977) --
Thomas Fogarty : balloon embolectomy catheter (1961) --
Wilson Greatbatch : implantable cardiac pacemaker (1958) --
Dean Kamen : portable medication technology (1970s) --
Mary-Claire King : advances in the treatment of breast cancer (1990) --
Robert Langer : biomedical applications of polymers (1980s) --
Rosalyn Yalow : RIA, radioimmunoassay (1959) --
Consumer products. Leo Baekeland : Bakelite, the first modern plastic (1907) --
Harold "Doc" Edgerton : stop-action photography (1931) --Philo T. Farnsworth : electronic television (1927) --
Stephanie Kwolek : Kevlar (1964) --
Jerome Lemelson : apparatus for driving tape in a cartridge (1972) --
Jacob Rabinow : self-regulating clock (1954) --
Percy Spencer : microwave oven (1947) --
Transportation. Ole Evinrude : outboard boat motor (1907) --
Henry Ford : assembly line (1913) --
Robert Goddard : liquid-fueled rocket (1926) --
Paul MacCready : human-powered airplane (1977) --
Garrett Morgan : traffic signal (1923) --
Elmer Ambrose Sperry : gyrocompass (1911). Energy and environment. George Washington Carver : industrial applications for agricultural products (1910s) --
Carl Djerassi : nontoxic pest-control products (1960s) --
Sally Fox : naturally colored cotton (1989) --
Buckminster Fuller : geodesic dome (1950) --
Ashok Gadgil : ultraviolet water purification system (1993) --
Stanford Ovshinksy : mass production of photovoltaic cells (1983) --
John Todd : ecosystems for combating pollution (1984) --
Computing and telecommunications. Nolan Bushnell : video game (1971) --
Douglas Engelbart : computer mouse (1968) --
Al Gross : walkie-talkie (1937) --
Erna Schneider Hoover : computerized telephone switching system (1965) --
Grace Murray Hopper : computer compiler (1952) --
Raymond Kurzweil : optical reading machine for the blind (1976) --
Carver Mead : very-large-scale integrated circuits (1971) --
Steve Wozniak : personal computer (1976).
Responsibility: text by David E. Brown ; foreword by Lester C. Thurow ; introductions by James Burke.
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A well-written, lavishly illustrated success, and a cheerful one at that...-Roy Herbert, New Scientist

 
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