Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop now Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
4
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
Format: Hardcover|Change
Price:£16.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 23 November 2004
This is a very entertaining book - I was given this as I really enjoy Adam Hart-Davis' series and his style. The book didn't disappoint. It's a mine of fascinating information and has provided me with much entertainment when there's nothing on the tv! I'm now a source of many useless but fascinating facts to entertain others with!
0Comment| 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 22 May 2011
Spanning four continents and several millenia, Hart Davis delivers a concise and entertaining account of the legacies of past civilisations. Inventions and discoveries range from the practical (irrigation, writing and warfare), to the luxurious (silk, chocolate and Roman baths) and those whose utilisation did not become widespread until many centuries later (batteries and computers). Hart Davis's conversational TV style adapts well to the written word, with jargon-free text accompanied by informative diagrams.

There is at least one glaring discrepancy: the age of the Baghdad battery is cited as being "at least 2,000 years" in the text, but possibly only half that in the plates. To be fair, there is some room for doubt as to its actual age, but it is disappointing that the editors did not attempt to reconcile or at least explain the discrepancy.

The book does not attempt to provide a detailed account of each invention. Its strength is to convey the capacity of each of the great civilisations to overcome their own challenges, thereby leaving the reader speculating what legacies of the current era will endure for generations to come.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 12 January 2011
This was part of an A.H.D fest for my daughter who feels he is the best thing since sliced bread.
As the present 'giver' I was really pleased with it.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 29 January 2015
Worth reading, just wish they would show his old programmes on TV again!
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)