Inventing the 19th Century: 100 Inventions That Shaped the Victorian Age from Aspirin to the Zeppelin
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BeschreibungDishwashers, electric light bulbs, gramophones, motion picture cameras, radios, roller skates, typewriters. While these inventions seem to speak of the 20th century, they all in fact date from the 19th century.The Victorian age (1837-1901) was a period of enormous technological progress in communications, transport and many other areas of life. Illustrated by the original patent drawings from The British Library's extensive collection, this attractive book chronicles the history of the 100 most important, innovative and memorable inventions of the 19th century. The vivid picture of the Victorian age unfolds as inventions from the ground-breaking -- such as aspirin, dynamite, and the telephone -- to the everyday -- like blue jeans and tiddlywinks -- are revealed decade by decade. Together they provide a vivid picture of Victorian life.Along with informative descriptions of how the inventions and their patenting came about, the lives of the inventors and their circumstances provide entertaining insights into this world. For example, Almon Strowger invented the automatic telephone exchange as he was convinced that telephone operators were giving his business to a rival firm of undertakers. The Ritty brothers designed a cash register to prevent the bartenders they employed from cheating them. And Adalbert Kwiatkowski, among many Victorians preoccupied with the risk of premature burial, invented a coffin that would sound an alarm upon the slightest movement of an apparently dead body.This follow-up volume to Stephen van Dulken's acclaimed Inventing the 20th Century will be compelling reading to anyone interested in inventors and the "age of machines". From the mouse trap to thesafety pin, from the machine gun to the pocket protector, and from lawn tennis to the light bulb, Inventing the 19th Century is a fascinating, illustrative window on to the Victorian Age.
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: NEW YORK UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2002
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten