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Imagination and a pile of junk : a droll history of inventors and inventions

Author: Trevor Norton
Publisher: London : Coronet, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A celebration of the extraordinary people who created the modern world, spiced with anecdotes and wit. Trevor Norton weaves an entertaining history with a seductive mix of eureka moments, disasters and dirty tricks. Although inventors were often scientists or engineers, many were not: Samuel Morse (Morse code) was a painter, Lazlow Biro (ballpoint) was a sculptor and hypnotist, and Logie Baird (TV) sold boot polish.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Trevor Norton
ISBN: 9781444732573 1444732579 9781444732580 1444732587
OCLC Number: 862760135
Description: x, 438 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Inventions Before There Were Inventors --
The Pursuit of Power --
Full Steam Ahead --
Like a Red Flag to a Bull --
Rubber Dub Dub --
Messing about in Boats --
Ironclads, Dreadnoughts and Submersibles --
More Complicated Ways to Drown --
On a Wing and a Prayer --
Safety First --
Seeing the Light --
On Line --
Wired for Sound --
On the Crest of a Wave --
Captured in Time --
The Cat's Whiskers --
All Things Great and Small --
The Germ of an Idea --
A Dirty Business --
Inside Information --
Bloody Hell --
Heartaches --
The Genie in the Gene --
The Latest Things --
Digital Doodah --
Coming Soon --
Science Fictions?.
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Norton takes us on an informative dash through the inventors who have changed our lives with their creations. From tiny transistors to Brunel's great iron ships, their stories spring from this book's Read more...

 
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