Science's Strangest Inventions: The Ultimate Guide to the Forgotten Gems of Scientific Invention

Science's Strangest Inventions: The Ultimate Guide to the Forgotten Gems of Scientific Invention

by TomQuinn (Author)

Synopsis

The history of science is littered with mad, bad and delightfully dotty inventions, from the bicycle that relied for its momentum on the rider waggling his head back and forth continually to the Improved Pneumatic Advertising Hat - a bowler that hurled a lit-up billboard into the air at the touch of a button - or the suitcase that turned into a small boat for the nervous ferry passenger. Here is the chance to sample, among other delights, Professor Ray's Nose Adjusting Machine, Admiral Popov's Circular Warship, The Perfect Sleeping Partner (a Japanese pillow shaped just like a man with an arm fitted at the right angle for a comforting cuddle) and last, but by no means least, Calantarient's Improved Dung Trap for Carriage Horses Employed by Ladies of Fashion and those of a Delicate Constitution.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 274
Publisher: Robson Books Ltd
Published: 24 Mar 2005

ISBN 10: 1861058268
ISBN 13: 9781861058263
Book Overview: The history of science is littered with mad, bad and delightfully dotty inventions, from the bicycle that relied for its momentum on the rider waggling his head back and forth to the Improved Pneumatic Advertising Hat - a bowler that hurled a lit-up billboard into the air at the touch of a button. This book presents science's strangest inventions.

Media Reviews
Endlessly entertaining, these albums of mad miscellany abound with true tales of history s strangest characters and events from potty potentates to dotty inventions. A mind-boggling excursion through the byways of the bizarre.
Author Bio
For every invention that changed our lives, journalist Tom Quinn has found over one hundred that were so bizarre they were quickly forgotten - until now, that is! He is the author of 'Railway's Strangest Journeys' (1861056796), 'Shooting's Strangest Days' (1861055005) and 'Fishing's Strangest Days' (1861055358), available from Robson Books. He edits 'Country Landowner' magazine and writes occasionally for 'The Times'. He is based in London SW1.