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1000 Inventions and Discoveries Kindle Edition
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About the Author
From School Library Journal
Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0895K6GFH
- Publisher : DK Children (July 28, 2020)
- Publication date : July 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 372934 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,080 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I truly enjoyed these lengthy descriptions of such inventions but I wish that there were more like them. Even though the average description of an invention was adequate in that it provided basic context and use at the time, it would not be nearly as interesting. While the lengthy descriptions provided the discovery, the use at the time, and the forerunners of inventions, the average description would attempt to fit much more basic info in 5 sentences. This results in many dates and names in each section. While it is important for an encyclopedia to have such information, it is often payed no attention to if not presented to in the right manner. There are 1000 inventions and discoveries; if each one has 3-5 dates and 2-6 names in it, then it is impossible for younger audiences to remain focused and absorb the information. During the longer descriptions, while there may have been more dates and names, it was much easier to read and remember the information.
My second issue with this book was the manner in which it tried to provide context for the inventions. At the bottom of the page, there was a small area devoted to history for the 50-100 years during which the inventions above were created. While this may seem like a great idea to allow for perspective for that era, it is quite tunnel minded and avoids many great historical events that occurred during the time periods. Even so, the information provided in it was good and unexpected after I read the title of the book.
Even though this book has a few minor flaws, I would definitely recommend it for all ages because of the endless intellectual and stimulating reading time it will provide.
IMHO, this book is suitable for any level, adults or children, but may be the content is only for leisure reading, not for complete & formal educational purposes, it may wrong to state this book have a complete reference about human inventions but for me it contains 'enough inventions' to be known by us.
Lastly, I really enjoyed reading this book. Just my 2 cent :)
p/s: sorry for any bad English as it is not my mother tongue.
I bought this book in order to learn where certain inventions and discoveries came from.
It starts out explaining stone tools (c 3,000,000 BC), the use of fire and continues on throughout time. It ends in 2001 with self-cleaning glass invention.
I had to laugh at the first walkman (do young people know what that is?) in 1979.
I was amazed at all the things we take for granted, when they were actually discovered, how and so forth. I recommend this book to anybody that is curious about when and what was invented/discovered.