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The Greatest Science Stories Never Told: 100 Tales of Invention and Discovery to Astonish, Bewilder, & Stupefy (Inglés) Tapa dura – nov 2009

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Rick Beyer, the author of the acclaimed History Channel(R) series The Greatest Stories Never Told, returns with new historic tales, this time focusing on amazing stories of invention and discovery, in The Greatest Science Stories Never Told. Illustrated with photographs from around the globe, The Greatest Science Stories Never Told tells of inventors both famous and forgotten, and zeroes in on eureka! moments in science and history that changed our world forever.


100 tales of invention and discovery to astonish, bewilder, & stupefy

  • Meet the angry undertaker who gave us the push-button phone.
  • Discover how modesty led to the invention of the stethoscope.
  • Find out why Albert Einstein patented a refrigerator.
  • Learn how a train full of trumpeters made science history.

Did you know about:

  • The frustrated fashion designer who created the space suit?
  • The gun-toting newspaperman who invented the parking meter?
  • The midnight dreams that led to a Nobel Prize?

They're so good, you can't read just one!

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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Practical Science 7 de septiembre de 2010
Por C. B. Hurst - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
I've loved all the books in Rick Beyer's "Greatest Stories...." series, but I have a special fondness for this one. I grew up in a scientific household (physicist Dad, chemist Mom) and have always been fascinated by science stories. This book tells one hundred short stories about science--mostly about the practical side of science as manifested in inventions. It runs from Archimedes' "Eureka" moment in 265 BC up to private space travel in the 21st century. In between it touches on inventors and scientists you've heard of (Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein), inventors you've never heard of, and famous folks who also happened to invent things (like Abe Lincoln and Mark Twain). Many inventors worked doggedly at their ideas for decades, and died without recognition. Others invented things by accident. Still others invented things that couldn't be made practical until many years later. But you'll enjoy reading every one of their stories! Beyer writes in a comfortable and witty style, and his tales are meticulously researched. Buy two--one to keep and one to give away!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Fun, weird and impossible to put down 21 de noviembre de 2009
Por BMM - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
Ever wonder what happened to Einstein's eyeballs? OK, maybe not, but I'll bet you're curious now, aren't you? Beyer's book is full of fun and weird stories about the first computer bug (yes, there was an actual bug), the inventors of Kitty Litter and the Erector Set, and yes, the fate of Einstein's brain and eyeballs. Who knew that the first computer mouse was made with a roller ball from Ban deodorant? Not me, which is why I found this book impossible to put down. Reading it was like eating a box of candy - I kept saying, "OK just one more," until it was done. This book is the perfect gift for the science, technology and invention buffs on your list. Kudos to Beyer for a job well done.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Stories you don't really need to know, but find yourself wanting to read more 8 de agosto de 2015
Por Jake Blues - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
I love reading Uncle John's Bathroom Readers and these books are pretty close to being like those. The stories are not long, but then who needs a brain overload on everything. You get enough, two pages cover the one topic before moving to the next item. Some stories, you may find yourself wanting to look up more info. And yes, you can find some information that may differ elsewhere, but you can do that every time you use wikipedia.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas This book is for kids. Not at all what I expected 15 de octubre de 2010
Por kimberlyt - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This book is a square-shaped hardcover that reads like it was meant to be in front of the toilet or perhaps in a middle school or elementary school. It reminds me of all the books I read at that age that didn't go into ANY depth about the stories they were telling, leaving you with a vast confused feeling that there should have been more space devoted to each story and less stories or more pages in the book.

The layout is in chronological order and each 2-page spread highlights a famous person. There is a very brief text on the left, and pictures with blurb tidbits on the right. So they'll say something like (to paraphrase) "Abe Lincoln developed a way to float barges across sandbars. He is the only president to hold a patent. Many engineers probably invented better ways, but could they have been successful presidents?" It doesn't say how his idea worked or how those "other engineers" could have improved the idea. Instead, it gives you an annoying thumbnail of Lincoln's sketch that is too small to make out and tells you something about how he liked to wear big stovepipe hats and store papers in it.

I am disappointed with this book. Each story has the potential to be so interesting and informative, but instead you don't really learn anything from this book because of the scanty 3 paragraphs alotted for each.
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beware, It's a Children's Book 20 de diciembre de 2015
Por Luke the 4th - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
When a writer glorifies Edison you know you have a problem. If you don't get that, then do a quick research project on Thomas Edison (he didn't have a clue on the light bulb!). With that said, there are some cool things in the book. It is VERY shallow, however. Wikipedia is probably a better option...