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How It Works Book of Great Inventors & Their CreationsHow It Works Book of Great Inventors & Their Creations

How It Works Book of Great Inventors & Their Creations

How It Works Book of Great Inventors & Their Creations 3rd Edition

This book celebrates some of history’s greatest minds, whose intelligence and perseverance has helped shape the modern world. Among others, you will encounter brilliant mathematicians, celebrated scientists and photography pioneers. Get an insight into their careers and grasp the innovative spirit and determination required to change the course of history. Featuring: Meet the inventors - Get to know the men and women whose ingenuity shaped the modern world. Discover the gadgets - Uncover the significance of history’s most important technological developments. Amazing images - Witness early designs and understand the inner workings with informative diagrams. Historical artefacts - Follow the process of invention and discovery via historical documents and notes.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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great inventors & their creations

This book celebrates some of history’s greatest minds, whose intelligence and perseverance has helped shape the modern world. They are by no means the only great inventors in history, but within these pages you’ll meet some of the most iconic figures in the history of technology. Among many others, you will encounter brilliant mathematicians Archimedes of Syracuse and Charles Babbage, celebrated scientists Michael Faraday and Alfred Nobel, and photography pioneers Nicephore Niépce and George Eastman. How It Works Book of Great Inventors & Their Creations will offer an insight into the careers of these geniuses through amazing articles, informative diagrams and handwritten notes. So, turn the page and witness the innovative spirit and insatiable drive possessed by the men and women who conceived of some of the world’s most influential…

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10 inventions that changed the world

Every invention and inventor has a story; a means by which the creation was conceived when others had either failed or simply didn’t realise it could be done. Some have been the evolution of an earlier idea into something others had tried to attain – building the world’s first powered airplane, for example. Other inventions have more humble beginnings, such as plastic, which struggled to achieve commercial success for 50 years after its invention until it suddenly sprang into the limelight and became an integral part of the modern world. Many inventions have changed the world in entirely different ways. The Internet and telephone enabled people to communicate on a global scale instantaneously for the very first time. Touch screens and televisions have let people receive and navigate information in whole…

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printing press (1450)

Widely considered by academics to be one of the most influential inventions of the past 1,000 years, the printing press set in motion the democratisation of knowledge and the establishment of our modern, knowledge-based economies. For the first time, valued texts could be produced in their thousands and allowed texts to be accessed widely by the majority, not just the wealthy aristocracy and intellectual elite. The man credited with the invention of the printing press is inventor Johannes Gutenberg. Around the year 1440, Gutenberg designed a device based on screw presses that, when partnered with inked movable type heads, allowed paper to be quickly and efficiently pressed with letters. Type heads were made by pouring a lead-tin alloy into a hand mould, and then affixed to the top of movable, rectangular…

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telescope (1609)

Invented at the start of the 17th century and named by Greek mathematician Giovanni Demisiani in 1611, the telescope elongated humanity’s vision on Earth and, due to work by Galileo Galilei, its view of space. The latter has resonated to the present day with particular importance, with the telescope’s usage extrapolated into a multitude of applications and disciplines, ranging from simple amateur stargazing through to intergalactic analysis by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Speaking on the telescope, Galileo stated: “Alas! Your dear friend and servant Galileo has been for the last month hopelessly blind; so that this heaven, this earth, this universe, which I by my marvellous discoveries and clear demonstrations had enlarged a hundred thousand times beyond the belief of the wise men of bygone ages, henceforward for me is…

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steam engine (1712)

The power of steam, even to this day, is harnessed worldwide. Indeed, 80 per cent of the world’s electricity is generated through large-scale steam turbines, a direct evolution from the first engine produced in Egypt by Hero of Alexandria in the first century AD and the multitude of engines that powered the mills, mines and automobiles of the Industrial Revolution. If it were not for this simple yet powerful device, the evolution of further engines and our ability to generate energy could have been severely compromised. Steam engines work by exploiting the expansion that steam demonstrates under high-pressure conditions, harnessing a portion of the expanding fluid’s heat energy to drive mechanical apparatus, such as a piston and drive wheel. In the majority of steam engines, steam is supplied via a boiler,…

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plastic (1856)

Alexander Parkes (1813-1890) of Birmingham, UK, unveiled the first man-made plastic, Parkesine, at the Great International Exhibition, London, in 1862. A mixture of chloroform and castor oil, it was mouldable but retained its sturdy shape when cooled, giving an advantage over more brittle storage materials. His invention led to the creation of more plastics that wouldn’t find widespread commercial success until the 20th century. Parkes’s attempts to reduce costs and mass-produce the plastic resulted in his company going under due to poor product quality. A few years later, American inventor John Wesley Hyatt set about making the first synthetic man-made plastic. By 1870 he and his brother acquired a patent for their plastic, which had more applications than Parkesine. Created by mixing pressurised alcohol, camphor and solid nitrocellulose, it could be…