Stories of Inventors by DOUBLEDAY, Russell

Sinopse

Doubleday chronicles the history of everyday inventions that form the foundation of technology now common through the world. While some of the inventions are no longer used, each example shows how inventors contributed to technology through perseverance, inspiration and clever observations. In each chapter, he gives a clear, understandable background of the technology.Many of the now outdated inventions may have inspired later inventions by meeting emerging demands. For example, Edisons filament bulb is now being phased out by more efficient CFLs, but Edisons contribution to indoor lighting likewise removed the need for inefficient gas-burning lamps. While trains for carrying mail and freight have largely been replaced by more nimble semi trailers, one example shows how technology can translate from ground to air travel. Trains with curved pipes that scooped water to refill reservoirs could be controlled from the train engine-cab without stopping, and mirrors the in-flight refueling systems that keep aircraft flying without the need to land. Although computers have replaced typewriters, word processing programs and web browsers justify text with similar algorithms. (Summary By LivelyHive)

Episódios

  • How Heat Produces Cold—Artificial Ice-Making

    How Heat Produces Cold—Artificial Ice-Making

    17/09/2016 Duração: 17min
  • A Machine That Thinks—A Type-Setting Machine That Makes Mathematical Calculations

    A Machine That Thinks—A Type-Setting Machine That Makes Mathematical Calculations

    17/09/2016 Duração: 10min
  • Long-Distance Telephony—What Happens When You Talk into a Telephone Receiver

    Long-Distance Telephony—What Happens When You Talk into a Telephone Receiver

    17/09/2016 Duração: 25min
  • Submarines in War and Peace

    Submarines in War and Peace

    17/09/2016 Duração: 36min
  • Bridge Builders and Some of Their Achievements

    Bridge Builders and Some of Their Achievements

    17/09/2016 Duração: 28min
  • Moving Pictures—Some Strange Subjects and How They Were Taken

    Moving Pictures—Some Strange Subjects and How They Were Taken

    17/09/2016 Duração: 25min
  • The Life-Savers and Their Apparatus

    The Life-Savers and Their Apparatus

    17/09/2016 Duração: 21min
  • The Fastest Steamboats

    The Fastest Steamboats

    17/09/2016 Duração: 14min
  • How Automobiles Work

    How Automobiles Work

    17/09/2016 Duração: 25min
  • How a Fast Train Is Run

    How a Fast Train Is Run

    17/09/2016 Duração: 15min
  • Santos-Dumont and His Air-Ship

    Santos-Dumont and His Air-Ship

    17/09/2016 Duração: 34min
  • How Guglielmo Marconi Telegraphs Without Wires

    How Guglielmo Marconi Telegraphs Without Wires

    17/09/2016 Duração: 37min
  • Contents and Introduction

    Contents and Introduction

    17/09/2016 Duração: 03min

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