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Plato's Alarm Clock: And Other Amazing Ancient Inventions

Plato's Alarm Clock: And Other Amazing Ancient Inventions (Hardback)

By Russell, James M.

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We all like to think we are pretty smart. New medical advances seem to come along every day; space travel suddenly doesn't seem so difficult; self-driving cars are no longer a thing of the future . but if we were stranded on a desert island tomorrow, most of us wouldn't know how ...to catch a fish or start a fire, let alone rebuild all that extraordinary technology we now rely on.The truth is that we're not necessarily more clever than our ancestors, we just have an accumulation of centuries of technological progress on which we can rely. As this book shows, many of the ancients were much more advanced that we realize - indeed there are recent inventions that had actually been discovered centuries earlier and then forgotten. And what about all those modern day devices and machines that rely on ancient inventions such as paper, levers and gears?From brain surgery in the Stone Age to Chinese whisky from the 7th century BC, to Damascus steel - once the hardest metal in the world, which we no longer know how to make - this insightful book collects together the stories of hundreds of ancient devices, inventions and breakthroughs from around the world and across the centuries, giving us a fascinating glimpse into past eras that were far more technologically advanced than we sometimes realize.
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ISBN 9781782439349
Released NZ 18 Aug 2018
Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781782439349
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Imprint Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Released 18 Aug 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Russell, James M.
Category World History: BCE To C 500 CE
History Of Engineering & Technology
Inventions & Inventors
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 609.3
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Inventions - History - To 1500, Technology - History - To 1500
NBS Text Inventions & Technology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade