9780470768174

Great Inventions That Changed the World

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470768174

  • ISBN10:

    0470768177

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-07-24
  • Publisher: Wiley-AIChE

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Summary

Written by one of the worlds great engineers, this book provides the curious with an explanation of how inventions have developed from human needs and desires. Chapters discuss the impacts of inventions in our work, personal lives, societies, and the environment. The text also outlines what steps we need to take to ensure continued success of new inventions, and how to mange them wisely. Based on a Princeton University course for a general audience, this book lays out a means for understanding yesterday and todays inventions, and paves the way for tomorrows innovations.

Author Biography

JAMES WEI, PhD, began his career as a research scientist for Mobil Oil in 1955. Since then, he has held academic positions at the University of Delaware, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton University. Dr. Wei is the author of eight books and more than 130 research papers. He also holds two U.S. patents and is the former president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Table of Contents

Foreward
Preface
Introduction
Inventors and Inventions
Innovation, Development, Diffusion
Changing the World
Inventions for Work
Tools and Methods
Energy and Power
Materials
Domestic Life: Food, Clothes, House
Food
Clothes
House
Health, Reproduction
Prevention
Diagnostics
Therapy
Reproduction
Security
Nature Threats
Economic Threats
Human Violence, War
Transportation
Land Transportation
Water Transportation
Air and Space Transportation
Information
Observation
Records
Communication
Information Tools
Good Life
Party, Play
Luxury
Arts
Future Challenges
Future Needs and Opportunities
Future Sources of Inventions
References
Index
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