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FOREWORD VII PREFACE XI 1 INTRODUCTION 1 1.1 Inventors and Inventions 2 1.2 Innovation, Development, Diffusion 11 1.3 Changing the World 15 2 INVENTIONS FOR WORK 45 2.1 Tools and Methods 46 2.2 Energy and Power 58 2.3 Materials 71 3 DOMESTIC LIFE: FOOD, CLOTHES, AND HOUSE 81 3.1 Food 82 3.2 Clothes 97 3.3 House 104 4 HEALTH, REPRODUCTION 117 4.1 Prevention 119 4.2 Diagnostics 126 4.3 Therapy 131 4.4 Reproduction 141 5 SECURITY 153 5.1 Natural Threats 153 5.2 Economic Threats 157 5.3 Human Violence: War 163 6 TRANSPORTATION 197 6.1 Land Transportation 199 6.2 Water Transportation 205 6.3 Air and Space Transportation 216 7 INFORMATION 229 7.1 Observation 229 7.2 Records 238 7.3 Communication 250 7.4 Information Tools 259 8 GOOD LIFE 281 8.1 Party and Play 282 8.2 Luxury 294 8.3 Arts 304 9 FUTURE CHALLENGES 319 9.1 Future Needs and Opportunities 319 9.2 Future Sources of Inventions 325 INDEX 333

About the Author

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).

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I highly recommend the very accessible and thoughtprovoking book GreatInventions that Changed the World by James Wei, Ph.D.,to any business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, history andtechnology enthusiasts, engineers, and students of history,technology, and engineering disciplines seeking a clear andengaging guide to the triumphs and challenges of the greatestinventions of all time. This book will also introduce the readersto some of the most creative innovators and problem solvers throughthe ages in a logical and readily understood format. ( Money Talks , 1 December 2012) I highly recommend the very accessible and thought provokingbook GreatInventions that Changed the World by James Wei, Ph.D.,to any business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, history andtechnology enthusiasts, engineers, and students of history,technology, and engineering disciplines seeking a clear andengaging guide to the triumphs and challenges of the greatestinventions of all time. This book will also introduce the readersto some of the most creative innovators and problem solvers throughthe ages in a logical and readily understood format. ( Blog Business World , 1 December 2012) He has written a remarkable and wide ranging work thatspans human development from the stone age to the computer age . .. Of course as a chemist, I might wish that our science andindustry had featured more prominently in Great inventions ,but this is a minor quibble of what is undoubtedly a major workthat is nothing less than superb. ( ChemistryWorld , 14 November 2012) This isn t just a book of inventions but also thehistory of how it changed the world so you also have thisincredible history of the world here as well. If you recreating a reality for any genre, then this is essential readingbecause you ll realise a lot of things weren t justthere but was built upon. If you just want to be informed, then youwill come away from this book with a formidable amount ofknowledge. This is a book worthy of everyone sattention. ( SFCrowsnest.org.uk , 1 September2012)

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