100 Greatest Science Inventions of All Time
Discover the who, what, when, and how of 100 amazing inventions.
||Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
This ready reference presents fascinating facts about 100 amazing inventions, a panoramic overview of the history of science, and a collection of engaging reads.
Inventions are the stuff of dreams, quickly gaining widespread use, becoming central to culture, and ultimately changing our lives. They teach us a great deal about creativity and scientific principles, and, of course, the power of invention is of utmost importance in today's world of technology and innovation. Focusing on the 100 most significant scientific inventions of all time, this ready reference presents fascinating facts about amazing inventions, a panoramic overview of the history of science, an introduction to some of the most important inventors in history, and a collection of engaging reads. Each entry, arranged chronologically according to when the invention was made, contains information on what the invention is, who the inventor was, and how the invention was created. It also provides the historical context of the invention, its significance today, and information on resources for further reading/research. More than two millennia's worth of inventions are covered, ranging from the practical (clock, eyeglasses) to the everyday (measuring spoons, ball point pen), the life-saving (antiseptic, chemotherapy), and the mind-boggling (the number zero, cloning). By covering inventions throughout history, rather than just the 20th and 21st centuries, and presenting information comprehensible to young readers, this book fills a gap in the literature. It is a wonderful resource for student research and reports; can easily be used for read-alouds or as an introduction to teaching units on inventions; as well as a solid general reference on inventors and inventions. Grades 4-9 (adaptable to other levels).
- Table of Contents
List of Featured Inventors
Inventions by Field of Science
The Next 40 Inventions to Research
Additional References on Inverntion
"Written by a scientist who became an award-winning children's storyteller, this book is a highly readable overview of scientific thought and invention from 250 BC to the present....[h]ighly recommended for public and school libraries. It is a good choice for reluctant readers who will appreciate how each invention is a chapter unto itself that can be read just a bit at a time."
"This straightforward guide to a fascinating field will be welcome in both school and young adult collections."
"Arranged chronologically, the three-page entries in this engaging work begin with the date of the invention and name of the inventor. These are followed by a narrative on the importance and history of the item, the scientist's process, and a description of how the invention has developed over time. The author's stated criteria for inclusion are that the invention was based in science, it was an invention rather than a discovery, and that it has had great ramifications for society....[t]his is a good resource."