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Milestones of Science and Technology: Making the Modern World
Executive Editor: Peter Morris
Managing Editor: James C. Hart
Editor, Further Reading: Lesley Henderson
Photographs: Philip Sayer
The Kodak camera, the brain scanner, the steam turbine, the telephone—such inventions not only changed the course of history, but also changed our understanding of what the human race could achieve. An authoritative guide to the remarkable history of human innovation, this second edition, published in collaboration with London’s Science Museum, brings readers up to date with insightful examinations of the new, present-day technologies society already takes for granted—from magnetic resonance imaging to the Internet. Organized chronologically, the book begins with a look at scientific achievement in the early Middle Ages and the navigational tools that mapped the New World before moving on to the steam-powered machines of the Industrial Revolution, the lifesaving medicines of World Wars I and II, and the dynamically designed consumer goods of the 1950s and 1960s. An essay about each invention, written by an expert from London’s Science Museum, includes a short history of the invention’s creation, use, and significance. The book is beautifully illustrated, fully indexed and contains a Further Reading section.
Rating: 5/5. ...a fantastic presentation of important scientific achievements, discoveries and inventions...interesting facts and figures, while at the same time not overwhelming the non-scientist. The beautiful photos give the feeling of wandering through a museum. Highly recommended for those who enjoy both science and history. —UnderMyAppleTree.net
About the Executive Editor
Peter Morris is Principal Curator of Science at London's Science Museum and Head of Research across the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) family of museums in the United Kingdom. He has published widely on the history of chemistry and the chemical industry and is currently completing a history of synthetic rubber in Germany. Morris is also editor of the leading history of chemistry journal, Ambix. He was given the Edelstein Award for excellence in the history of chemistry by the American Chemical Society in 2006.
Hardcover and e-Book
10 x 10; 270 pages; 112 color photos; 102 black and white photos/illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-9817736-5-0 (cloth); 978-1-937783-27-3 (e-book)
May 2013: $74.95 (cloth); $49.99 (e-book)