How James Watt Invented the Copier

Forgotten Inventions of Our Great Scientists

Authors: Schils, René

  • Reveals the forgotten but magnificent and ingenious inventions of the greatest scientists of the past centuries
  • Presents the discoveries of famous scientists for which they are actually not known
  • Provides ample unique figures which illustrate the forgotten designs of the greatest researchers throughout history
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About this book

Features 25 different scientists and the ideas which may not have made them famous, but made history…

Typically, we remember our greatest scientists from one single invention, one new formula or one incredible breakthrough. This narrow perspective does not give justice to the versatility of many scientists who also earned a reputation in other areas of science. James Watt, for instance, is known for inventing the steam engine, yet most people do not know that he also invented the copier. Alexander Graham Bell of course invented the telephone, but only few know that he invented artificial breathing equipment, a prototype of the ‘iron lung’. Edmond Halley, whose name is associated with the comet that visits Earth every 75 years, produced the first mortality tables, used for life insurances. This entertaining book is aimed at anyone who enjoys reading about inventions and discoveries by the most creative minds. Detailed illustrations of the forgotten designs and ideas enrich the work throughout.

About the authors

Since 2005, René Schils has been a freelance science writer and in the past five years has written nearly twenty articles on this topic for the Dutch science magazine ‘Natuurwetenschap en Techniek’. Subsequently, these articles were used as the basis for this book. Currently, René writes popular science articles on varying topics for several science magazines, which can be viewed at the author’s website www.reneschils.nl.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How James Watt Invented the Copier
Book Subtitle
Forgotten Inventions of Our Great Scientists
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0860-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0860-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0859-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 170
Number of Illustrations and Tables
81 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Translation from Dutch
Topics