100 Greatest Science Inventions of All Time

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Libraries Unlimited, 2006 - Education - 333 pages
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This ready reference presents fascinating facts about 100 amazing inventions, a panoramic overview of the history of science, and a collection of engaging reads.

Inventions are the stuff of dreams, quickly gaining widespread use, becoming central to culture, and ultimately changing our lives. They teach us a great deal about creativity and scientific principles, and, of course, the power of invention is of utmost importance in today's world of technology and innovation. Focusing on the 100 most significant scientific inventions of all time, this ready reference presents fascinating facts about amazing inventions, a panoramic overview of the history of science, an introduction to some of the most important inventors in history, and a collection of engaging reads. Each entry, arranged chronologically according to when the invention was made, contains information on what the invention is, who the inventor was, and how the invention was created. It also provides the historical context of the invention, its significance today, and information on resources for further reading/research. More than two millennia's worth of inventions are covered, ranging from the practical (clock, eyeglasses) to the everyday (measuring spoons, ball point pen), the life-saving (antiseptic, chemotherapy), and the mind-boggling (the number zero, cloning). By covering inventions throughout history, rather than just the 20th and 21st centuries, and presenting information comprehensible to young readers, this book fills a gap in the literature. It is a wonderful resource for student research and reports; can easily be used for read-alouds or as an introduction to teaching units on inventions; as well as a solid general reference on inventors and inventions. Grades 4-9 (adaptable to other levels).

  

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Contents

Inventions That Predate History
xvii
Roads
3
The Screw
6
Glass
9
Waterwheel
12
The Magnetic Compass
15
The Metal Plow
18
Paper
21
Measuring Cup Tablespoon and Teaspoon
162
Bicycle
165
Automobile
168
Electric Alternating Current AC
171
Fast Fasteners Zipper and Velcro
174
Radio
177
Moving Pictures
180
Air Conditioning
183

Cement
24
Zero
27
Gunpowder
30
Eyeglasses
33
Windmill
36
Glass Mirror
39
Blast Furnace
42
Caravel Sailing Ship
45
Printing Press
48
Projection Maps
51
Microscope
54
Telescope
57
Barometer
60
The Mechanical Clock
63
Thermometer
66
Accurate Ship Navigation Portable Clock and Sextant
69
The Spinning Jenny
72
LighterThanAir Flight
75
Cotton Gin
78
Vaccinations
81
Steam Engine
84
Electric Battery
87
Railroad
90
Steamship
93
Stethoscope
96
Electric Motor
99
Combine Harvester
102
Telegraph
105
Vulcanized Rubber
108
Photography
111
Anesthesia
114
Antiseptics
117
Elevator and Skyscraper
120
Aspirin
123
Steel
126
Pasteurization
129
Refrigeration
132
Oil Well
135
Dynamite
138
Typewriter
141
Barbed Wire
144
City Sewers
147
Telephone
150
Phonograph
153
Internal Combustion Engine
156
Electric Lightbulb
159
Electric Utilities
186
Airplane
189
Washing Machine
192
Plastic
195
Assembly Line
198
Sonar
201
Frozen Food
204
Television
207
Cyclotron
210
Radar
213
Nylon Synthetic Fabrics
216
Ballpoint Pen
219
Photocopier
222
Jet Engine
225
Nuclear Reactor
228
Digital Computer
231
Kidney Dialysis
234
Microwave Oven
237
Transistor
240
Nystatin
243
Product Bar Codes
246
Chemotherapy
249
Birth Control Pill
252
Solar Cells
255
Radioimmunoassay
258
Robots
261
Endoscope Arthroscopic Surgery
264
Laser
267
Microchip
270
Heart Pacemaker
273
Space Flight
276
Communications Satellite
279
Calculator
282
Organ Transplant
285
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
288
Personal Computer
291
Artificial Heart
294
World Wide Web
297
Cloning
300
List of Featured Inventors
303
Inventions by Branch of Science
307
The Next 40 Inventions to Research
311
Reference Sources
313
Index
317
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About the author (2006)

KENDALL HAVEN is an award-winning author, master storyteller, and former research scientist. He has published a number of books, including Marvels of Science, Marvels of Math, and 100 Most Popular Scientists.

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