1000 Inventions & Discoveries
Dorling Kindersley, 2006
Ever wondered who invented the Internet or your iPod? 1000 Inventions and Discoveries explores the fascinating history of events that shaped the world of today.
What the blurb doesn’t say is that the book covers three million years and crams each invention into 100 words or so. Here, shorter was not only better, but essential.
How Nearly Everything Was Invented
Dorling Kindersley, 2006
Find out all about more than 300 key inventions that changed the world (and led to almost everything else that’s ever been invented). With fantastic foldout pages, the whole story can unravel in front of your eyes!
Despite what its publishers say on their website, I didn’t write this book: it exists only through the brilliant ideas of writer Jilly MacLeod and her illustrators Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. But I was heavily involved as a consultant, helping Jilly to explain the more obscure points of everything from bicycle wheels to electrical generators.
Dorling Kindersley, 2004
Take a detailed look at the fascinating world of robots – from the earliest single-task machines to the advanced intelligence of robots with feelings. Young readers will be amazed to learn all that robots can do: perform delicate surgical operations, clean city sewers, work as museum tour guides, or even battle each other in combat.
I wrote this book on a borrowed laptop while I was more or less immobilised by a broken leg. It still met all its deadlines and has proved to be a best seller. Many years’ work in advertising, graphics and publishing has taught me that the client always comes first.
Dorling Kindersley, 1999
Packed with superb colour illustrations and fascinating facts, this highly informative guide explores all aspects of technology, from ancient artifacts to the latest advances in computer-aided design.
Young people think “technology” means the latest electronic gizmo, but humans have been defined by their technology since the first stone tools. In this book I use the word in its widest sense, explaining the basic techniques that allow people to shape the world for their own benefit. Now out of print in the UK, the book still sees service in many school libraries, where it no doubt gives children a necessary and educational shock.
Dorling Kindersley, 1993
We live in a world made possible by electronic technology and this is the perfect way to learn more about it! Richly detailed full-color photographs illustrate not only how electrons move and filters work, but also what life was like in a pre-electronic world.
The first book I wrote while at the Science Museum. Out of print in the UK, it is still heavily borrowed from libraries all over the world and appears on many school reading programmes. Its historical approach now makes it seem a little quaint, but has guaranteed it a longer life than some of its more whizzy counterparts.