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They all laughed-- : from light bulbs to lasers, the fascinating stories behind the great inventions that have changed our lives

Author: Ira Flatow
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From light bulbs to lasers--the fascinating stories behind the great inventions that have changed our lives.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Flatow, Ira.
They all laughed--
New York : HarperCollins, c1992
(OCoLC)681722572
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ira Flatow
ISBN: 006016445X 9780060164454
OCLC Number: 25834706
Description: xv, 238 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Franklin, the Modern Prometheus --
2. Whose Light Bulb? Edison in a New Light --
3. The War of the Currents, or Let's "Westinghouse" Him --
4. You Press the Button, We Do the Rest --
5. The Blendor That Conquered Polio --
6. From a Melted Candy Bar to Microwaves --
7. Fax: The Priest and the Pendulum --
8. How Not to Invent the Telephone, or Why Western Union Didn't Become Ma Bell --
9. Who Really invented Television? --
10. John Logie Baird: The Scotsman Who Almost Won the TV Race --
11. Xerox: The Machine No One Wanted --
12. Laser: The Atomic Radio-Light --
13. Velcro: Improving on Nature --
14. Teflon: The Top-Secret Discovery --
15. Nylon: The Hit of the '39 World's Fair --
16. Vaseline: Wonder Jelly From Oil Fields --
17. Synthetic Sweeteners: All by Accident --
18. Silly Putty: Science's Goofiest Discovery --
19. The Computer That Saved D-Day --
20. The Submarine: Made in New Jersey --
21. The Dream That Won the Battle of Britain --
22. The Typewriter: The Invention No Office Wanted --
23. The Wasp That Changed the World --
24. The First Video Game: If You Build It They Will Come --
Epilogue: Who's Laughing Now?
Responsibility: Ira Flatow.

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