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4.0 out of 5 stars Round and Round a new side of Ireland, 2 Dec 2002
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This review is from: Ingenious Ireland: A County-by-county Exploration of Irish Mysteries and Marvels (Hardcover)
Ireland is known as the land of saints and scholars. Irish people also have a great sense of place- who are you and where are oyu from. Few consider Ireland as a country rich in engineers and scientists. Mary Mulvihill's book helps to redress the balance and give a new and fresh perspective to the history of Irish invention. For example, did you know that the steam turbine which provides us with much of our electricity was invented by Sir Charles Parson's who hailed from Birr Co Offaly- or that Birr is the connection between this invention and the 'discovery' of the electron by George Johnstone Stoney. Birr it seems is a scientific hot bed of activity in the middle of Ireland. Having worked in Trinity College Dublin, I read with fascination of the times and classmates of international stars and academic heavy weights such as George Berkeley and George Boole. I dispatched the book to a friend in the US who was nostalgic yet proud of our unknown ingenious heritage. I've to bring 2 extra copies next time!
Mary Mulvihill's style is witty and concise. The geographically led index works well and it is a cross between a travel guide and a parish record. Incidentally, it is also an excellent way to keep the kids from killing each other on a long journey. The definition of science is broad and this lightens the material considerably.
This is definitely one quiet weighty tome to keep in the car and explore in depth and at leisure as I visit from place to place, and definitely one any one of the 'Irish Diaspora' both technically minded and non-technically minded would love for their coffee table.
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