Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New & Novel: Inventions

RUBE GOLDBERG CARTOON. - Inventions of Professor Lucifer Butts (orange squeezing machine). Cartoon, 1932, by Reuben Lucius ('Rube') Goldberg.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
quest.eb.com/search/140_1632622/1/140_1632622/cite. Accessed 8 Mar 2017.

We applaud the spirit of invention in the world! Whether it's the spirit of American invention (the skyscraper, subway car, the telephone safety pin, amusement park, MRI, supermarket - all American-born!), explaining a "series of steps anyone can apply to solve the problems we encounter in everyday life,"* looking at "both famous inventors and hundreds of forgotten people," that "indoor plumbing has been around for 4,600 years, but punctuation, capital letters, and the handy spaces between written words only date back to the Dark Ages," or "how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution," the following list contains some our latest finds from the library on the subject of the creativity and ingenuity that helped make the modern world what it is today. What's your favorite invention? Let us know in the comments!

Want more titles, including ones for children? Try a subject search of "Inventions."

America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World by Kevin Baker

Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World by Pagan Kennedy

Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done by Mick Ebeling

The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World by Steve LeVine

How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery by Kevin Ashton

 *all quotes are from the library catalog, unless otherwise noted

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