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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; First Edition edition (2 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844036111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844036110
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.8 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Always frustrated by lack of clarity in books he read as a child, Jack long felt the need to make the amazing things that science and technology have achieved accessible to a wide audience. After studying physics in London, he trained as a science and maths teacher, then worked at London's Science Museum, in the education department and in their flagship interactive gallery, Launch Pad.

Jack left the museum in 1991 to write science and technology books, and to write and perform science shows in museums, libraries and schools. He's been doing all that ever since, with nearly forty books to his name. He also works as a consultant on other people's science books, and sometimes in television, helping to develop new ideas or work up existing ones.

He is also a musician and singer, writing, producing and performing music. He lives in Bristol, England.

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From the best-selling 1001 series A different take on social history - through human enterprise and innovation An endless source of intriguing discoveries

About the Author

Jack Challoner studied physics at Imperial College, London, and teacher training at Kingston-upon-Thames. He worked in the Education Unit of the Science Museum, London, where mostof his time was spent explaining science directly to visitors. Jack has written nearly 30 books onscience and technology for all ages, and has acted as consultant science editor on many others.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Tune VINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2010
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Fantastic book. Read it and learn. Not just the stuff everyone knows about but the grain elevator, the disk brake, paper, ice cream machine, kaleidoscope, the steel plough - everything you use was once an invention.
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By still searching TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2015
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I'm a bit of a fan of `titbit' books that you can pick up; gain something useful from by way of inspiration, information, motivation and probably any other of a hundred other words ending in -ion; and put down without worrying about losing your place!

This book certainly fulfils that criterion. Distributed amongst eight useful categories from `The Ancient World' to the `Internet Age' are the products of Human's inventiveness that made the modern World we live in today. The earliest entry goes to stone tools, which date as far back as 2.6 million years B.C.E, whilst the most recent is the Large Hadron Collider, which arguably neatly summarizes mankind's progress, at least in material terms, from the Stone Age to one of the pinnacles of Western Civilization.

Obviously, each entry is necessarily limited to the most salient facts: if you're going to tackle 1001 entries you can't afford to go on at length. But it serves to whet the appetite for further research. Open this book at random and you can be sure to hit on something to pique your interest; as several have observed before me - it makes the perfect `loo' companion or an invaluable resource for those who enjoy pub quizzes and the like!
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By Jamie Bowen on 20 April 2015
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There are a lot of these "1001" books doing the rounds at the moment. They can tell you where to go, what to eat, and what wine to drink, to name but a few. I bought this one. because my Dad likes random information, but isn't much of a reader, so thought this might be for him, as it does contain a fair amount of said random information.

To help you find things, it's organised into segment that range from the dawn of history to the modern day. Given you're limited to just one book, what you'll get is a précis, but it covers the basic (and most useful) facts related to the thing it's describing.

In short, if you're looking for a "toilet book" or something that'll keep you diverted for a few minutes, this is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine on 24 Dec. 2011
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I purchased this book as a Christmas gift and it is absolutely fantastic. 1001 Inventions that Changed the World is a 'must have' book for every home. I'd recommend this book for all age groups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Jackson on 30 Aug. 2011
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Fantastic book, great alternative to all science programs on TV, for all of those that love books and are always hungry for knowledge - a must have.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred Dundee on 25 Aug. 2010
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A mass of technical information, some you know, much that you have forgotten you knew in concice , readable doses. A book worthy of any book shelf.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. F. Green on 22 Jan. 2011
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband who is a reference book junkie, and he found it right up his street. Very good value for money, crammed with all sorts of facts about things you might want to know more about, and, even better, things you previously had no idea might interest you.
The only snag is that visitors are definitely spending longer in our downstairs loo when they pick up the (fairly hefty) volume.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By helen on 10 Jan. 2011
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This was a present for my Dad who loves gadgets. The book was substantial in size and seemed to cover a massive range. Exactly what I was after!
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