The book under review titled 100 Greatest Inventions of All Time is worth reading by all. The author Kendall Haven is a senior research scientist turned author. He has written more than 30 books.
His way of story telling is amazing. In the present book he has covered hundred great inventions spreading over a period from 25 B.C. to 1996.
Each chapter begins with two questions: What is it and Who invented it? After answering these two questions, he is reasoning out as to why this inventions is one of the 100 greatest.
In the History of Invention, we come to know what people did before the invention. Then comes the main story, How that particular invention was invented. In a lucid style he is giving the full details so that anybody could understand the facts very simply. After the invention, what happens in the world? This is quite a natural question that will arise in the mind of every reader. The author gives the details so that we could understand how world is a better place after the invention was put into use.
Readers will be amazed to know about cloning (year of invention 1996), World Wide Web (1991), Artificial Heart (1981), Personal Computer (1977), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (1977), Organ Transplant (1972), Calculator (1968), Communications Satellite (1962), Space Flight (1961), Heart Pacemaker (1960) etc.
At the end of the each chapter a number of reference books are given so that interested readers could benefit by reading those books.
The anecdotes spread over throughout the book makes one to read the book at a stretch.
There is a tailpiece also titled Fun Fact for each and every chapter.
The Fun Fact for Communications Satellite is this: “Communications satellites can now be used to track fish through the ocean.”
We come to know about hundreds of scientists,engineers and others who were behind these great inventions.
There are four interesting appendix giving the List of Inventors, Inventions by Branch of Science, The next 40 inventions to research and reference sources.
Science Teachers, students, knowledge seekers who would like to enter into the amazing world of inventions should read this book without fail.
The author may write a separate book covering the anecdotes alone to reach millions of science readers.