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From the polio vaccine to the Post-It, the personal computer toProzac, these are the scientific and technological innovations thathave transformed our world. Award-winning author Alex Hutchinsonunveils the 100 greatest inventions of the modern era - startingwith the discovery of the transistor in 1947 - complete withoriginal photographs and anecdotes about their creation. Forexample, a candy bar melting in a scientists pocket during anexperiment led to the invention of the microwave oven. Hutchinsonconsulted 25 experts at 17 museums and universities; theircollective expertise spans aeronautics, automobiles, biology,computers, medicine, physics and a host of other fields. The resultincludes some obvious breakthroughs (the laser, in-vitrofertilization) as well as a host of surprises (waffle-sole runningshoes, the pull-top can). This charming book will delight,fascinate and educate.
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