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Intended as a reference for students in high school and up, this two-volume set considers 24 important inventions and their inventors over the past 600 years. Each chapter reviews the background of an inventor (or group of inventors) and describes the origin and early development of the invention, introductory marketing, and subsequent activities of the inventors. The inventors' competitors are also profiled, and the sometimes controversial routes that the inventors took to their most famous creations are detailed. Volume I begins with the printing press, the steam engine, and food preservation, and concludes with electric power and vaccination. Volume II begins with Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, and the radio, and ends with satellite communications, Bill Gates, and the Internet. B&w historical and contemporary photos are included. Klooster is a retired attorney who specializes in intellectual property law. The series introduces a new reference format and approach to popular culture, focusing on icons that embody a group of values, elicit strong reactions, reflect the essence of a time and place, and link different traditions and periods. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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