How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machines

ISBN: 019530599X
ISBN 13: 9780195305999
By: John H. Lienhard

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Reconciling the ends of invention with the individual leaps upon which they are built, this book presents the individual inspirations that lie behind whole technologies. It traces the way in which people applied their inventive genius to airplanes, railroad engines, and automobiles.

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This book explains the incremental steps involved in technologies that changed the world. IT really goes to show that no idea comes from some kind of miraculous inception on its own, and that everything builds upon ideas from others. I like that it mentions the unsung heroes of the past, such as people who worked on the steam engine (and its predecessors) before James Watt, and those who worked on the printing press (as well as typefaces and other required technologies)before Gutenberg.

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