The Story of Inventions presents major inventions from the past 400 years that have had an impact on the growth of our modern industrialized world. Written in an easy-to-read format, these true-life stories will reveal not only how the inventions came to be, but also the history behind their inventors and the character traits that contributed to their success.
The text is divided into four sections: Power, Manufacturing & Production, Communications, and Transportation. Inventions range from the sewing machine, cotton gin, radio, television, submarine, computer, and more; inventors include Edison, Fermi, Ford, Gutenberg, Morse, Tesla, Fulton, and others. Comprehension questions are included at the end of each chapter.
|Suggested Grade: 6th|
|Author: Frank P. Bachman|
|Copyright: 2008 (2nd edition)|
|Softbound: 280 pages|
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For my oldest son, who loved to tinker and build and draw, this book was a feast. He enjoyed learning about different inventors and inventions in the form of a story book, rather than an encyclopedic text. I definitely recommend this book.
The book we used is the 1992 version with 354 pages. It is in a story form rather than a list of dry facts. The book gives interesting details about the lives of major inventors. Did you know Alexander Graham Bell was born in Scotland? When he and his brother, Melville, were boys, they made a model speaking machine. When they blew into it, the noise coming out sounded like a baby crying "ma-ma." The sound was so realistic that people in the town went looking for a baby!
This book starts with James Watt and the steam engine and ends with the invention of the computer. The writers of the book show the readers how inventions often come about by building upon other inventions and discoveries. The comprehension questions at the end of each chapter often led to some interesting discussions. A set of tests can also be purchased from Christian Liberty Press that are challenging, because the student must study the chapter for details. I recommend The Story of Inventions, because this book tells how each inventor used his gifts to benefit man.