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Stories of Inventors

Stories of Inventors by Russel Doubleday
By: (1872-1949)

Doubleday chronicles the history of everyday inventions that form the foundation of technology now common through the world. While some of the inventions are no longer used, each example shows how inventors contributed to technology through perseverance, inspiration and clever observations. In each chapter, he gives a clear, understandable background of the technology.

Many of the now outdated inventions may have inspired later inventions by meeting emerging demands. For example, Edison's filament bulb is now being phased out by more efficient CFL's, but Edison's contribution to indoor lighting likewise removed the need for inefficient gas-burning lamps. While trains for carrying mail and freight have largely been replaced by more nimble semi trailers, one example shows how technology can translate from ground to air travel. Trains with curved pipes that scooped water to refill reservoirs could be controlled from the train engine-cab without stopping, and mirrors the in-flight refueling systems that keep aircraft flying without the need to land. Although computers have replaced typewriters, word processing programs and web browsers justify text with similar algorithms.

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The Adventures Of Inventors And Engineers. True Incidents And Personal Experiences





The author and publishers take pleasure in acknowledging the courtesy of

The Scientific American The Booklovers Magazine The Holiday Magazine , and Messrs. Wood & Nathan Company

for the use of a number of illustrations in this book.

From The Scientific American , illustrations facing pages 16, 48, 78, 80, 88, 94, 118, 126, 142, and 162.

From The Booklovers Magazine , illustrations facing pages 184, 190, 194, and 196.

From The Holiday Magazine , illustrations facing pages 100 and 110.


How Guglielmo Marconi Telegraphs Without Wires Santos Dumont and His Air Ship How a Fast Train Is Run How Automobiles Work The Fastest Steamboats The Life Savers and Their Apparatus Moving Pictures Some Strange Subjects and How They Were Taken Bridge Builders and Some of Their Achievements Submarines in War and Peace Long Distance Telephony What Happens When You Talk into a Telephone Receiver A Machine That Thinks A Type Setting Machine That Makes Mathematical Calculations How Heat Produces Cold Artificial Ice Making


Marconi Reading a Message Frontispiece

Marconi Station at Wellfleet, Massachusetts The Wireless Telegraph Station at Glacé Bay Santos Dumont Preparing for a Flight Rounding the Eiffel Tower The Motor and Basket of "Santos Dumont No... Continue reading book >>

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