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A History of Great Inventions [Hardcover]

James Dyson , et al , Robert Uhlig
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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10 Oct 2001
This compelling journey through the history of invention, under the guidance of inventor and manufacturer extraordinaire James Dyson, reveals the myriad stories of inventions and inventors that have shaped civilisation. Packed with colour illustrations, the book examines a host of lesser known as well as more famous discoveries, ranging from early Persian ice cream to the invention of the microchip and the extraordinary advances in animal cloning. Discover how: * Roman dentists developed rope-powered drills * Women's corsets led to the invention of the modern umbrella * The hovercraft emerged from an empty cat-food tin * And how the internet really came about With unique insights into the processes of invention and additional expert contributions, Dyson's History of Great Inventions is certain to fascinate and inspire in equal measure.

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (10 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841193410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841193410
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Dyson, CBE, is one of Britain's highest-profile manufacturers and has spent 30 years inventing devices to make common tasks more efficient. His achievements so far include the bagless vacuum cleaner, the Sea Truck boat and the revolutionary Ballbarrow. In 1999 he was appointed chairman of the Design Museum.

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I was hooked. One of those books you start off dipping into here and there, and end up losing yourself in. Every page is packed with fascinating, quirky and revealing facts, and the hundreds of colour illustrations throughout are excellent. I have bought several to give to relatives (young and old) as Christmas presents. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A concise and fact filled history of technology 11 Dec 2001
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On the whole an excellent reference book, with good ilustrations and clear explanations. However, a pity that the turret lathe does not get a mention.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative! 14 Aug 2013
By Jeff Moritz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very interesting book! James provides a wealth of information on inventions not just in our lifetime but going back to ancient man. He's done a lot of research and I find this book fascinating to read.
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book 17 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book makes a nice coffee table book. Full of interesting trivia and nice photos.
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