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A history of invention - Trevor I. Williams

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Title
A history of invention - from stone axes to silicon chips
Author
Trevor I. Williams
format
Hardback
Publisher
Little, Brown
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20000406

Civilisation has many facets, but how man lives depends very much on what he can make. The object of this book is to arouse wider interest in the way in which technological factors have shaped - and continue to shape - human history. Technological achievements have not only filled our material needs, but also expanded our spiritual and cultural horizons. The History of Invention shows how inventions have revolutionised the way artists, craftsmen, philosophers and even theologians have seen and explained our world.

At the beginning of civilisation inventors were anonymous - we don't know who made the first wheel or smelted the first copper - but as the story unfolds inventions can be attributed to particular individuals or companies who were sensitive to social and economic opportunity, up to the modern day where it is only major companies who can afford the research and development costs to venture further into the unknown.The book also looks to the future to see where the scientists of tomorrow will be taking us.

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Trevor Williams was the editor of the international scientific review Endeavour. He was also the managing editor of the definitive eight-volume History of Technology.

This absorbing study covers thousands of inventions explaining not only their origins and uses, but also placing them in their historical, cultural and scientific contexts.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Type
BOOK
Edition
Revised Edition
Keyword Index
Inventions - History.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
368

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