- Paperback: 157 pages
- Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (16 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712358021
- ISBN-13: 978-0712358026
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Inventing the 21st Century Paperback – Illustrated, 16 Sep 2010
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About the Author
Stephen van Dulken is an expert Curator in the Patents Information Service of the British Library. He is the author of numerous books on the history of patents, including Inventing the 19th Century (2001), Inventing the 20th Century (2000) and Inventing the American Dream (2004), all published by the British Library. The full list of inventions is as follows: e-book reader; smart wheelchair; the 'bladeless' fan; tubular containers for confectionery; the iPod; high-frequency sound teenager dispersal device; the iPhone; the Gocycle folding bike; the Magnamole cable guide; the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit; the Searaser wave-powered pump; the Road Refresher no-spill dog bowl; the Nintendo Wii; wide-image scanning of the retina; who invented the MRI?; leaves on the line rail cleaner; the BlackBerry; clean water devices; carbon capture in the ocean; give up smoking aide; Heelys; the Silent Knight anti-snoring ring; hand cream that blocks MRSA transmission; self-service checkouts; electronic supermarket trolley; recycling PET plastic; coffee-cup sleeves; medical advances; robot helpers; computer protection devices; Harry Potter and intellectual property; the Guiness 'Widget'; the electronic nose; product placement; inventions at Universal Studios theme park; inventions on Dragons' Den; the two-headed broom; the yoomi self-warming baby bottle; anti-skimming devices; the fight over high-definition recordings; the Segway; self-cleaning glass; the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner; rotating buildings; automatic number plate recognition; bricks from ash, not straw; near-field communication - 'wave and pay'; CGI in films; the future for the car.
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Top Customer Reviews
This was sadly missing and the book focuses instead on patent issues and disputes.