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All About History

All About History Greatest Pioneers

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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greatest pioneers

As the world a round us becomes more and more complex, with brilliant inventions and forward-thinking ideas coming out seemingly every day, our lives become richer. We live in a time when state-of-the-art medical treatment is never too far way, the latest gadgets mean we don’t have to lift a finger, and beautiful things can be made from very little. But life hasn’t a lways been like this. In this book, we’ll learn about some of the esteemed men and women whose era-defining innovations changed the world for the better. These are the people who built the future–whether they made amazing discoveries, influenced culture and the arts, or even pioneered the political sphere. Join us as we meet nearly 100 of history’s greatest minds. Welcome to All About History’s Book…

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edison vs tesla

The large dog trembled as it was led onto the stage. A black Newfoundland, muzzled, with electrodes trailing from his limbs–one at the front, another to the rear. The cage door creaked shut, and the crowd waited. Harold P Brown thread the wires into a generator, and flipped the switch. The dog yelped and stiffened as Brown turned the dial. He increased the voltage until 1,000 volts of direct current were coursing through the animal’s body. But when the switch was flipped again, the poor creature was still alive. “We shall make him feel better,” Brown announced, taking the wires and connecting them to a different generator at the front of the hall. This time, the prescribed dose was 300 volts of alternating current. The switch was flicked, the dog twitched…

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edison’s weirdest inventions

Doll voices The inventor miniaturised his famous phonograph, encased it in tin, and put it inside a doll to create a voice box. The sound quality was poor, and the resulting noises reportedly frightened customers. Vote recorder Edison’s first invention was designed to count votes. Voters flicked a switch to indicate their choice, and an electrical current travelled to a machine, which recorded ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on dials. Microscopic video ‘Peephole kinetoscopes’ combined light bulbs with photographs to create moving pictures, viewed through a microscope. The four-foot high contraptions only allowed one person to watch at a time.…

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tesla’s strangest ideas

Long-range wireless power Tesla thought he could transmit electrical power wirelessly from Wardenclyffe Tower in Long Island. But he ran out of money, and the project was abandoned. Robotic workforce With aspirations to create labour-saving robots that would do menial tasks for humans, Tesla developed a remote-controlled boat. However, his robot race has yet to be realised. Death ray The inventor is reported to have designed a ‘death ray’ that created a beam of particles that could bring down aircraft. His papers on it have never been found.…

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duelling scientists

These two scientific heavyweights knocked heads in the 1600s. Hooke was convinced that the planets were attracted to the Sun, but it was Newton who published the mathematical proofs for gravity. Hooke wanted credit for the idea, but Newton was having none of it. These great bacteriologists both worked on anthrax–Koch was a doctor, and Pasteur a chemist. Koch didn’t believe that pathogens could be weakened, and the two entered into a very public war of words as Pasteur sought to prove that they could. Watson and Crick are credited with the discovery of the structure of DNA, but the groundwork was done by Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin. Wilkins was furious when he found out that images taken in his lab were being used by the pair in Cambridge. Charles Darwin had…

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medical firsts in history

Human Heart Transplant Christiaan Barnard Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 1967 Although heart transplants were initially seen as ethically controversial, they have revolutionised treatment for patients with serious cardiac problems During the 20th century, great strides were made in organ transplantation. By the late 1960s, successful kidney, pancreas and liver transplants had taken place, but heart transplants continued to be unsuccessful–until 1967. The world’s first successful human heart transplant was performed by surgeon Christiaan Barnard and his team. Louis Washkansky, a 53-year-old man terminally ill with heart failure, received the new heart. The donor was Denise Darvall, a 25-year-old woman who died in a car crash. Washkansky became the first man to regain consciousness after a heart transplant but unfortunately, he died from pneumonia 18 days later. More heart transplants were performed over…