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Great inventions that changed the world / James Wei, Princeton University.

By: Wei, James, 1930-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, A John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781118342732; 1118342739; 9781118342718; 1118342712; 9781118342725; 1118342720; 9781118342749; 1118342747.Subject(s): Inventions | Technological innovations | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Engineering (General) | Inventions | Technological innovationsGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Great inventions that changed the world.DDC classification: 600 Other classification: TEC009000 Online resources: Wiley Online Library
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: Foreword -- Preface -- Chapter 1. Introduction -- 1.1 Inventors and Inventions -- 1.2 Innovation, Development, Diffusion -- 1.3 Changing the World -- Chapter 2. Inventions for Work -- 2.1 Tools and Methods -- 2.2 Energy and Power -- 2.3 Materials -- Chapter 3. Domestic Life: Food, Clothes, House -- 3.1 Food -- 3.2 Clothes -- 3.3 House -- Chapter 4. Health, Reproduction -- 4.1 Prevention -- 4.2 Diagnostics -- 4.3 Therapy -- 4.4 Reproduction -- Chapter 5. Security -- 5.1 Nature Threats -- 5.2 Economic Threats -- 5.3 Human Violence, War -- Chapter 6. Transportation -- 6.1 Land Transportation -- 6.2 Water Transportation -- 6.3 Air and Space Transportation -- Chapter 7. Information -- 7.1 Observation -- 7.2 Records -- 7.3 Communication -- 7.4 Information Tools -- Chapter 8. Good Life -- 8.1 Party, Play -- 8.2 Luxury -- 8.3 Arts -- Chapter 9. Future Challenges -- 9.1 Future Needs and Opportunities -- 9.2 Future Sources of Inventions -- References -- Index.
Summary: "This book is designed for a general audience, similar to those who would read Scientific American. The book describes how inventions arise from human needs instead of when the inventions were made or what technologies were involved. Chapter 1 introduces the world of inventions, and the common features of major inventions and inventors. Chapters 2 through 8 describe human needs and desires, and how inventions support them"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes index.

"Written by one of the world's great engineers, this book provides the curious with an explanation of how inventions have developed from human needs and desires. Chapters discuss the impacts of inventions in our work, personal lives, societies, and the environment. The text also outlines what steps we need to take to ensure continued success of new inventions, and how to mange them wisely. Based on a Princeton University course for a general audience, this book lays out a means for understanding yesterday and today's inventions, and paves the way for tomorrow's innovations"--Provided by publisher.

"This book is designed for a general audience, similar to those who would read Scientific American. The book describes how inventions arise from human needs instead of when the inventions were made or what technologies were involved. Chapter 1 introduces the world of inventions, and the common features of major inventions and inventors. Chapters 2 through 8 describe human needs and desires, and how inventions support them"-- Provided by publisher.

Machine generated contents note: ForewardPrefaceChapter 1. Introduction1.1 Inventors and Inventions1.2 Innovation, Development, Diffusion1.3 Changing the WorldChapter 2. Inventions for Work2.1 Tools and Methods2.2 Energy and Power2.3 MaterialsChapter 3. Domestic Life: Food, Clothes, House3.1 Food3.2 Clothes3.3 HouseChapter 4. Health, Reproduction4.1 Prevention4.2 Diagnostics4.3 Therapy4.4 ReproductionChapter 5. Security5.1 Nature Threats5.2 Economic Threats5.3 Human Violence, WarChapter 6. Transportation6.1 Land Transportation6.2 Water Transportation6.3 Air and Space TransportationChapter 7. Information7.1 Observation7.2 Records7.3 Communication7.4 Information ToolsChapter 8. Good Life8.1 Party, Play8.2 Luxury8.3 ArtsChapter 9. Future Challenges9.1 Future Needs and Opportunities9.2 Future Sources of InventionsReferencesIndex.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Machine generated contents note: Foreword -- Preface -- Chapter 1. Introduction -- 1.1 Inventors and Inventions -- 1.2 Innovation, Development, Diffusion -- 1.3 Changing the World -- Chapter 2. Inventions for Work -- 2.1 Tools and Methods -- 2.2 Energy and Power -- 2.3 Materials -- Chapter 3. Domestic Life: Food, Clothes, House -- 3.1 Food -- 3.2 Clothes -- 3.3 House -- Chapter 4. Health, Reproduction -- 4.1 Prevention -- 4.2 Diagnostics -- 4.3 Therapy -- 4.4 Reproduction -- Chapter 5. Security -- 5.1 Nature Threats -- 5.2 Economic Threats -- 5.3 Human Violence, War -- Chapter 6. Transportation -- 6.1 Land Transportation -- 6.2 Water Transportation -- 6.3 Air and Space Transportation -- Chapter 7. Information -- 7.1 Observation -- 7.2 Records -- 7.3 Communication -- 7.4 Information Tools -- Chapter 8. Good Life -- 8.1 Party, Play -- 8.2 Luxury -- 8.3 Arts -- Chapter 9. Future Challenges -- 9.1 Future Needs and Opportunities -- 9.2 Future Sources of Inventions -- References -- Index.

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