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Make: Inventing a Better Mousetrap: 200 Years of American History in the Amazing World of Patent Models Paperback – 20 Nov 2015
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About the Author
Alan Rothschild owns the largest privately-owned collection of publicly-viewable patent models, the Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum. Containing nearly 4,000 patent models and related documents, the collection spans America's Industrial Revolution. Alan Rothschildâ€”an inventor himselfâ€”has constructed an impressive facility to display hundreds of the models, along with a workshop/laboratory where the remaining models are stored, studied and cared for.
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The book is just at the size limit for soft cover. It's just a little too big and too heavy to comfortably hold while reading. With regard to content, the authors were limited by patent models that still exist and to which they could get access. I suspect they included almost everything that they could photograph, but being inclusive means that some of the inclusions are not very interesting. There were a few, such as the cryptography patent on page 174, that I would have loved to learn more about, but other readers probably will have their own top picks, so egalitarianism though universally applied brevity probably was appropriate.
Organized by type, this book offers a wonderful microcosm of the development of technology through the past two centuries.