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Inventions: Start here!

How have humans used their creativity to solve problems? Inventions are the answers to many of the worlds problems. Studying different inventions and their impacts on the people of their time and their continued impact helps us live better lives.

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Search Tips with Boolean Logic

AND, OR, NOT = Boolean operators.  Using them between terms makes a search broader or narrower.  Examples:

·      Explorers AND Magellan

This search will find all articles that contain both the word “Explorer” and the word “Magellan”

·      Explorers OR Magellan

This search will find all articles that contain either the word “Explorer” or the word “Magellan” or both – a large search.

·      Explorers NOT Magellan

This search will find all articles that contain “Explorers” but will eliminate all articles that contain the word “Magellan.” 

Books on Invention

Concise history of science & invention : an illustrated time line

Chronicles the history of human achievement, featuring articles that provide introductions to ten major historical eras, each followed by a chart that displays the period's most important scientific developments in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East, a time line that offers a view of scientific developments during the period, and two or more picture essays.

The Britannica guide to inventions that changed the modern world

Discusses various inventions and innovations that have proven to be useful or crucial to development in modern times, covering areas such as communication; transportation; power and energy; building construction and civil engineering; medicine; military technology; observation and measurement; and agriculture and industry.

The book of inventions

Relates the histories of over 120 inventions that have become staples of modern life, including the electric iron, sliced bread, the wine box, submarines, typewriters, jet skis, the disposable syringe, and bar codes, each with photographs, facts, and anecdotes.

Timelines of Science

From the discovery of penicillin to the advent of the Internet, science has been an invaluable part of the human experience.

100 Inventions That Made History

From antibiotics to the atomic bomb, microscopes to the microwave, and wind turbines to the World Wide Web, 100 Inventions That Made History is a discovery not to be missed.