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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch!!!!
This is an amazing book. Invaluable to those seeking the origin of a multitude of inventions.
Excellent bedtime reading, or use it as a text book.Great!!!!
Published on 24 May 2012 by paulrailway

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1.0 out of 5 stars Well founded iconoclasm is fine, but personal politics have no place in a reference work
At first glance, I thought this book might be a useful and entertaining reference work for me and my children. Then I read the article on Evolution, and was dumbfounded by the spite, political bigotry, class prejudice and outright factual untruths presented about one of the great scientists of history.

There are two things going on in the article: the first is...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch!!!!, 24 May 2012
This review is from: Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World (Hardcover)
This is an amazing book. Invaluable to those seeking the origin of a multitude of inventions.
Excellent bedtime reading, or use it as a text book.Great!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Everyone, 18 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World (Hardcover)
Really interesting facts, a must for the bookcase. Tend not to want to put it down. It has something for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting - Love it!, 27 Jan. 2014
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Read a couple of these books now and I am a fan ! Really enjoy the bite-size information format. A great book to pick up and put down at your leisure. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what is says on the cover - think of an object, and look it up!, 19 April 2013
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This review is from: Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World (Hardcover)
This is a most extraordinary find. If, in fact you were looking for it, whatever "it" is, its there! Almost every important invention is noted here. The time and research alone is to amazing to contemplate!

Think of archery - where and how was it invented/used and how did it change us from throwing rocks to spears to using a long bow? - an entertaining account of 3000 BC archers will illuminate your mind! Central heating - what a brilliant idea and where would be without it today but were the Romans the first to invent it? Check it out.

This is a great book to have on hand to answer your children/grandchildren's incessant questions on where does it come from? How was it made? Great book - A Must have bookshelf item. Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 24 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World (Hardcover)
Spot on present for my nephew who is into this type of thing. Hope he loves it as I do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive compendium, 8 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World (Hardcover)
A comprehensive listing of technological innovation. Accessible to KS3 and 4 readers. A useful guide and reference work for the library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good present for your friend!, 23 Aug. 2013
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I gave it to a good friend of mine and I was told that she was very happy reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spot on, 26 July 2014
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got as a present very good read highly recommended
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well founded iconoclasm is fine, but personal politics have no place in a reference work, 20 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World (Hardcover)
At first glance, I thought this book might be a useful and entertaining reference work for me and my children. Then I read the article on Evolution, and was dumbfounded by the spite, political bigotry, class prejudice and outright factual untruths presented about one of the great scientists of history.

There are two things going on in the article: the first is the iconoclastic denigration of Darwin's contribution to science in general, and evolutionary theory in particular; the second is the building up of Wallace into the new icon. I have little problem with the second - Wallace was a fascinating character, a brilliant scientist, a passionate social campaigner and much more. He has been unjustly overlooked and he deserves greater recognition in his own right, and indeed part of the purpose of this book is to bring forward such people.

This article should, however, have presented a balanced and honest appraisal of the Darwin-Wallace relationship, and explained how it often arises in science that great originality comes from one person condensing others' observations and theories across multiple diverse fields; "invention" can therefore seldom be wholly credited to one individual, but one individual is often the catalyst and the one who most fully explores the corollaries of a great hypothesis (Newton "standing on the shoulders of giants" is a classic example). That is why Darwin has the position he does.

Instead, what we have in this article is an absolute disgrace, especially in a book which will be used as a reference work by children. Darwin is discredited for "only spending five years on the Beagle" whereas Wallace spent his life "living in the swamps" (so by implication Darwin had no field experience worth talking about and his observations are clearly of no merit in comparison - never mind his notebooks which reveal him as one of the greatest observers and recorders). Darwin was a "gentleman" of "independent" means, whereas Wallace was a poor struggling socialist (again by implication Darwin's ideas can therefore have no merit - how can someone born with with a silver spoon have ever done anything useful?). It is claimed that Darwin got an easy ride only because of his position and influence (the fact he earned these by being an outstanding scientist, collating observations and theories across diverse fields for several decades seems to escape the author). And the accusations of lying and cheating leveled against Darwin are not worthy of further discussion.

What can one make of such prejudice and dishonesty? Well-founded iconoclasm, supported by a balanced view, is good and necessary; misleading rubbish like this is not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 8 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions: A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World (Hardcover)
Very interesting, good
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