Inventing Modern America

Inventing Modern America

From the Microwave to the Mouse

Foreword by Lester Thurow

Introduction by James Burke

By David E. Brown

Lively accounts of thirty-five American inventors who helped shape the modern world.
Hardcover $40.00 S £32.00
Paperback $9.75 T £7.99

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Summary

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.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262025089 221 pp. | 9 in x 11 in 250 illus., color throughout

Paperback

$9.75 T | £7.99 ISBN: 9780262523493 221 pp. | 9 in x 11 in 250 illus., color throughout

Contributors

Lester Thurow and James Burke.

Reviews

  • A well-written, lavishly illustrated success, and a cheerful one at that...

    Roy Herbert

    New Scientist

Endorsements

  • 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

Awards

  • Winner in the category of Science in the 2002 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) presented by Independent Publisher Magazine.