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Sunday, 5 September 2010

The Big Ideas that Changed the World

Discover the big ideas that changed our world. From matches to mobiles, antibiotics and the flexible drinking straw - some inventions don't just change the way we do things but change the world. Marvel at some of the world's most amazing discoveries that have made a sensation, from the first wheel to satellite navigation. Kids will love the incredible facts and info, such as why the tin can was invented 60 years before the can opener? Read on in wonder at the stories behind each ground-breaking discovery - the people, ideas and knock on effects. Some of the biggest ideas covered include the Model T Ford, Edison's light bulb, Cats eyes and the first Apple.
This book includes ideas and inventions from many areas of modern day life and draws on science, industry, exploration, transport and popular culture. The book details the story behind many ground-breaking discoveries including the people behind the ideas and also the knock on effects following their introduction.
The book is split into six sections: Genius, Great Gizmos, Handy Gadgets, On the Move, Explore and Culture. The sections include inventions on some of the most important items invented but also on small, but very useful inventions. For example, the on the move section includes the invention of helicopters and the steam locomotive, but then also includes the invention of cats eyes.
There are also more detailed 'articles' about some of the inventors included in the book.
I think this book would appeal to a child who wanted to learn about the modern world has developed. There are many inventions included and i found it really interesting to see how the initial invention evolved and how it has been further developed. The book gives the basic information, clearly, which would allow anyone who wanted to investigate further to search on the Internet for further details.
The language in the book is very easy to read and understand. The book gives the basic information in a very accessible way and each page has colourful and interesting pictures which will draw children's attention to looking further at the information given on the page.
This book is a great book for children and adults alike and I will be looking out for other books in this style.
Thank you to DK for sending me this book.

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