ISBN-10:
0262523493
ISBN-13:
9780262523493
Pub. Date:
03/14/2003
Publisher:
MIT Press
Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse

Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse

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Overview

Lively accounts of thirty-five American inventors who helped shape the modern world.

Inventing Modern America profiles thirty-five inventors who exemplify the rich technological creativity of the United States over the past century. The range of their contributions is broad. They have helped transform our homes, our healthcare, our work, our environment, and the way we travel and communicate.

The inventors profiled include such well-known figures as George Washington Carver, Henry Ford, and Steve Wozniak, as well as unsung technological pioneers such as Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar, and Wilson Greatbatch, inventor of the first implantable cardiac pacemaker.

Inventing Modern America is designed to create excitement about invention through the personal stories of these American scientists, technologists, and researchers. It is accessible enough to engage high school students yet wide-ranging and interesting enough to appeal to anyone who has ever wondered where microwave ovens and traffic lights come from.

The book was developed by the Lemelson-MIT Program for Invention and Innovation, whose mission is to inspire a new generation of American scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262523493
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/14/2003
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David E. Brown is a New York-based freelance writer and editor.

Lester C. Thurow is Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Economics and Management at MIT.

James Burke is a London-based writer and television producer best known for his series Connections.

What People are Saying About This

Henry Petroski

Inventing Modern America is full of fascinating adventure stories about science, engineering, and technology. The book shows American inventors to be as diverse and as interesting as the things they invent.

Q. Todd Dickinson

A fascinating and well-organized look at the individuals whose genius is at the heart of the inventing process—the inventors themselves.

Endorsement

A fascinating and well-organized look at the individuals whose genius is at the heart of the inventing process—the inventors themselves.

Q. Todd Dickinson, Partner, Howrey Simon Arnold and White, LLP, former US Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks

From the Publisher

Inventing Modern America is full of fascinating adventure stories about science, engineering, and technology. The book shows American inventors to be as diverse and as interesting as the things they invent.

Henry Petroski , A. S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University, and author of Invention by Design

A fascinating and well-organized look at the individuals whose genius is at the heart of the inventing process—the inventors themselves.

Q. Todd Dickinson , Partner, Howrey Simon Arnold and White, LLP, former US Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks

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