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Jheni Osman
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1 Sep 2011

Every once in a while, an idea comes along that makes the entire world sit up and take notice. From the earliest understandings of our place in the solar system, via Darwinism, DNA, neutrons and quarks, right up to the theories that are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge today, we are forever propelled forward by our most gifted scientific minds.

In this fascinating book, former BBC Focus magazine editor Jheni Osman explores 100 of the most forward thinking, far-reaching and downright inspired ideas and inventions in history, each nominated by experts from all fields of science and engineering. With selections from established authorities such as Brian Cox, Patrick Moore, Richard Dawkins and Marcus du Sautoy, Osman covers topics as diverse as the Big Bang, vaccination, computing, radioactivity, human genomes, the wheel and many more.

Each essay looks at the logic behind these great inventions, discoveries, theories and experiments, studying the circumstances that brought them into being and assessing the impact that they had on the world at large. An intriguing and thought-provoking collection, 100 Ideas that Changed the World offers us a glimpse into the minds behind history's greatest eureka moments.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849901961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849901963
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The former editor of Focus magazine explores 100 of mankind's most important scientific discoveries, as nominated by the world's greatest thinkers.

About the Author

As the former editor of the BBC's award-winning science and technology magazine, Focus, Jheni Osman was nominated for the BSME Editor of the Year 2010 and won the PTC New Editor of the Year 2008. She launched the Focus app and presented the podcast and FocusTV. With a background in Natural Sciences, and a masters from Imperial College London, Jheni has written for numerous publications including Focus, Lonely Planet and Countryfile magazines, and worked for a TV news agency in Istanbul and in TV production at the BBC's Natural History Unit.

A former professional tennis player who toured the world and played at Wimbledon, Jheni loves to travel and says her best experiences in life have been climbing Mont Blanc and swimming with a whale shark.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Stocking filler but a bit superficial 20 Nov 2011
By Dunedin
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This is probably a useful book for getting some ideas for kids and prompt further reading.
Beyond that though it is a typical "101 things" type book (and 1 short at that) - feels to have been put together quickly and each topic is very briefly, often superficially, covered. Wikipedia or Google are much more informative if actually want to find some content
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 3 July 2014
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Covers a lot but is written for older children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting and a bit different 3 Mar 2012
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This is a great book. Refreshing writer, fascinating topics and a bit different from your usual coffee table books. Its light entertainment and really educating all at the same time. A perfect gift - buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Educational Unsurprising Superficial Competent 16 Nov 2011
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One hundred experts select one hundred ideas that have changed the world. The ideas are predominantly from the areas of Science and Technology. The experts write short essays frequently relating the 'story of the idea' and how it came to be important. One has ideas which range from 'the wheel' to ' social networking' and cover in effect the whole range of human development. One of course also has ideas related to our understanding of the universe, and one of them discourses on the 'vastness' of the universe. There is space for exposition and enabling the general reader to grasp the idea, and understand its major significance. But there is no real space for consideration of the idea in depth. The work is competent and informative if not surprising or deep.
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed 31 Dec 2013
By Sam Maguire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wanted an easy read for book of same titleput out by Readers digest. Particularly ability to change font size, That I received but this book does noy address to the era in which I had the most interest. Religious ideas. I felt cheated!
1.0 out of 5 stars Please use the correct data 8 Aug 2013
By liyunzhen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Refer to the section of magnetism, page 161 the section writer states that: demand for these rare earth is high, but China has stranglehold on these vital material, holding 97 per cent of the known global resource". China is flexing its muscles ", says Heap. It has already threatened to pull its consumer tech export to Japan.

The author is using fake data. China has 30 percent of the resource, but are selling 97 market share with cheap price.
Polition propaganda should never appear in science books.

In general, the book is very knowledgable, sorry to those professors.
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