Know It All Great Inventions

The 50 Greatest Inventions, Each Explained in Under a Minute

Know It All Great Inventions
Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781577151609
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Series: Know It All
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Prepare to see a few millennia worth of light bulb moments. Know It All Great Inventions traces 50 of mankinds greatest inventions, from the wheel to in-home air conditioning, and tells their stories.

Universal change is often the ultimate result of one individual’s lightbulb moment—an invention that triggers a ripple effect across countries, continents, or even out into space. Know-It-All Great Inventions looks at fifty of these great ideas that really did change the world.

This title covers a wide range, from early days (the wheel) through materials (the invention of steel and plastic) to communications (the alphabet, printing press, and Worldwide Web) and the conveniences of—relatively—modern daily life (refrigeration, indoor plumbing, and central heating).

It is a sharp reminder that almost every aspect of life in the second decade of the 21st century is the result of someone’s bright idea, one that they actually made work. Along the way you’ll learn the stories behind each and every invention, revealing and intriguing in equal measures.

The author

David Boyle is an author and economist who specializes in new ideas in money, business, and culture. He has authored a number of books about history, social change, and the future. His major publications include The New Economics: A Bigger Picture (2009), and Broke: Who Killed the Middle Classes (2013). He is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and co-director of the thinktank New Weather.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781577151609
Illustrations: color photos
Size: 7 in x 9 in / 177.8 mm x 228.6 mm