Ancient Inventions

Ancient Inventions IT S CHOCKABLOCK WITH CURIOUS LORE James and Thorpe have amassed scores of persuasive testimonials of primeval ingenuity The Boston GlobeWe in the twentieth century tend to assume that our era has a m

  • Title: Ancient Inventions
  • Author: PeterJames Nick Thorpe
  • ISBN: 9780345401021
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • IT S CHOCKABLOCK WITH CURIOUS LORE James and Thorpe have amassed scores of persuasive testimonials of primeval ingenuity The Boston GlobeWe in the twentieth century tend to assume that our era has a monopoly on the inventions of clever machines, labor saving devices, feats of engineering, and advanced technology But as the authors of this fascinating and eye open IT S CHOCKABLOCK WITH CURIOUS LORE James and Thorpe have amassed scores of persuasive testimonials of primeval ingenuity The Boston GlobeWe in the twentieth century tend to assume that our era has a monopoly on the inventions of clever machines, labor saving devices, feats of engineering, and advanced technology But as the authors of this fascinating and eye opening book reveal, some of humankind s most important and most amazing inventions actually date back thousands of years Historian Peter James and archaeologist Nick Thorpe have pooled their expertise in amassing this compendium of human ingenuity through the ages Together they conclusively prove that our ancestors, however long ago they lived and whatever part of the globe they occupied, were brilliant problem solvers Written with the pure joy of discovery, Ancient Inventions reveals that Medieval Baghdad had an efficient postal service, banks, and a paper mill Rudimentary calendars were being used in France as early as 13,000 B.C Apartment condominiums rose in deserts of the American Southwest a thousand years ago The ancient Greeks used an early form of computer Plastic surgery was being performed in India by the first century B.C The Egyptians knew about effective contraceptives Flamethrowers were used in battles waged in tenth century China.Brimming with odd facts and entertaining curiosities, written with zest and humor, comprehensive and fun to read, Ancient Inventions is a wonderful celebration of the endless inventiveness of the human mind This presentation of the discoveries and innovations of the ancients will fascinate Booklist Thoroughly researchedIt is doubtful that anyone could examine this book without coming away enlightened in one of its broadly ranging areas Library JournalAN ALTERNATE SELECTION OF THE QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB AND THE NATURAL SCIENCE BOOK CLUB

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    1. If I were going to choose the two most influential books in my life I would choose this one and the bible. As I child I used to stay up at night reading it secretly, looking up words I didn't know in a dictionary. As I got older, I turned back to this book in times of trouble when I needed something grounding that also reminded me of all the wonderful things to be found in the minds of men. Through all the years the book never gets old, it never seems done, and it's always inspiring, enlightenin [...]

    2. Fun for history buffs, but you definitely have to be a history buff to read through all 600+ pages. I am, and I did. I picked it up because I had greatly enjoyed reading the equally huge Ancient Mysteries (both books are approximately the size and shape of an urban phone book), but this book is far more straightforward. There are few actual mysteries here, just what the archaeological record says and suggests came before. Luckily, the authors' writing styles are as interesting as the subject mat [...]

    3. As the review on the back from the Boston Globe says, "It's chockablock with curious lore," and that pretty neatly sums up this book.The information was concise and very informative, with lots of interesting facts about what the ancient world created. I liked the point made in the introduction that we like to think of modern man as clever and ancient man as primitive, but this is not the case: the ancients were just as smart and inventive as people today.The format is based on subject, which wor [...]

    4. Invaluable InformationI bought this book as a reference for writing Velvak's Victory. As my novels take place in a world that has never had an industrial revolution, I wanted some ideas of what technology would be available to the people of Bradapol.This book is amazing. Not only is the content fascinating, but it is arranged in such a way that any subject can be easily found. When a specific subject is covered, e.g. a specific plant used for cooking, there are also references to other section o [...]

    5. Recently, I was looking for something I can read in small spurts without having to break up any continuity or remember any storyline so I'm going back and reading this one cover to cover. I had previously read a large portion of this book solely for research purposes for writing classes for my job. This book was a good source of information concerning historical backgrounds for these things because it is indeed chock full of great information. Now, upon reading it for leisure, I'm feeling like a [...]

    6. This non-fiction book is ideal for those people who wish to know >who else< invented stuff long before the European Renaissance. Turns out many things, including the lightning rod and armored ships, were invented way before the Industrial Revolution. As an archaeologist, I like the excellent referencing and documenting the authors do for each of their topic areas. Very good bibliography. Highly recommended.

    7. Great book for history geeks. Because you really have to be one to read 760 pages about mostly ancient and some medieval history. In addition, it is an amazing book for curious people. If questions, like how the calendar was invented? what people used to clean their homes before Fairy and Gala? still pop up in your head, then go for this cradle of answers.

    8. I learned A LOT from this book! I was amazed by how advance ancient technology was, and how much I didn't know. I do wish more sources were cited throughout the book. There were times I found myself wondering how we know about certain things, or how a topic was researched.

    9. This book includes a very detailed look at how the ancients used to live. It was very, very interesting, and is written in an easy-to-read fashion.I intend to keep this book in my personal library for future reference during the writing of my novels.

    10. Another well written book by these two authors. I didn't enjoy it as much as Ancient Mysteries, but that's mostly because Mysteries had the multiple view points and explanations included. This is more of a text book read (which is great by me), but it's still a very fun book to read!

    11. A beautiful work on the history of technology. I really recommend it wondering why China is leading the manufacturing nowadays? Well, you might want to know a bit about their thousands of years in developing technology.

    12. Proof that despite ancient did not understand the Universe as well our society does, they could still pull off feats of cleverness, e.g. cataract surgery in 2nd Millenium India that resulted in genuine improvement of vision.

    13. This book contains, among much other interesting stuff, one of my favorite sentences: "Gunpowder seems to have been discovered in China by accident--ironically, by alchemists seeking the elixir of immortality."

    14. I never cease to be amazed by the things people can dream upd by how much knowledge is lost over time. One of my thought trigger books.

    15. Fascinating. I did not read it in one sitting but rather about a year period. It made me more inquisitive about science/engineering and the art of invention.

    16. Good. There are a lot of parts to this book so I skipped around a bit to those parts that most interested me. Very informative and entertaining. Great for reference for writers.

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