101 Inventions That Changed The World Author:Joshua Coltrane In 101 Inventions That Changed the World, Joshua Coltrane reveals the fascinating stories behind some of the most important inventions known to mankind - from the automobile to the zipper. Not only does Coltrane take a look at such technological marvels as the automobile and the microwave oven, but he sheds light on the simple, more bawsic inve... more »ntions that we use every day - a toothbrush or a candle, for example.
Did you know that the automobile engine was actually invented in 1820, some 70 years before the first car hit the road? Or that the original zipper was so prone to rust that people would have to remove it before washing their clothes and restitch it back after their clothes had dried? That Monopoly was invented during the Depression as a reminder of happier times? Or that Charles Goodyear, ridiculed for his revolutionary idea of using rubber for tires, died a poor man before his invention was actually accepted and put into use?
What is the background of the discovery of the television? Who invented the contact lens? Tupperware? Why did Native American George Crum invent the potato chip?
You'll find answers to these and many more questions, along with fascinating facts, trivia, and anecdotes in 101 Inventions That Changed the World!« less