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Imagination and a Pile of Junk : A Droll History of Inventors and Inventions

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Dimensions: L: 13cm x W: 2.9cm x H: 19.8cm

Product Code: 9781444732580

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Trevor Norton, who has been compared to Gerard Durrell and Bill Bryson, weaves an entertaining history with a seductive mix of eureka moments, disasters and dirty tricks. Although inventors were often scientists or engineers, many were not: Samuel Morse (Morse code) was a painter, Lazlow Biro (ballpoint) was a sculptor and hypnotist, and Logie Baird (TV) sold boot polish. The inventor of the automatic telephone switchboard was an undertaker who believed the operator was diverting his calls to rival morticians so he decided to make all telephone operators redundant. Inventors are mavericks indifferent to conventional wisdom so critics were dismissive of even their best ideas: radio had 'no future,' electric light was 'an idiotic idea' and X-rays were 'a hoax.' Even so, the state of New Jersey moved to ban X-ray opera glasses. The head of the General Post Office rejected telephones as unneccesary as there were 'plenty of small boys to run messages'. *This book may have minor shelfwear.

Book Title Imagination and a Pile of Junk : A Droll History of Inventors and Inventions
ISBN 9781444732580
By Author(s) Trevor Norton
Publisher Coronet
Pages 448
Format Paperback
Dimensions 13cm x 2.9cm x 19.8cm
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