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Inventing the 19th Century


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The author of Inventing the 20th Century: 100 Inventions that Shaped the World and American Inventions: A History of Curious, Extraordinary, and Just Plain Useful Patents (both available through NYU Press), Stephen Van Dulken is an expert curator in the Patents Information Service of The British Library.


"A fascinating compendium for trivia seekers." -Publishers Weekly "Remarkable ... get the book for yourself. It'll hold you for many hours." -The Wall Street Journal "This book should help advance the use of patent literature for historical research." -Choice "This publication is an interesting work that could be useful for reference purposes as well as pleasant for browsing." -ARBA online "Highly entertaining... In addition to being able to tell a good story, Van Dulken ... easily assembles complex ideas from chemistry and engineering and make them palatable for the lay person. Van Dulken has assembled a panoramic snapshot of the century. By giving us a picture of our past, Van Dulken also presents our future." -Boston Globe

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