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It Looked Good on Paper: Bizarre Inventions, Design Disasters, and Engineering Follies

It Looked Good on Paper: Bizarre Inventions, Design Disasters, and Engineering Follies
  

A remarkable compendium of wild schemes, mad plans, crazy inventions, and truly glorious disastersEvery phenomenally bad idea seemed like a good idea to someone. How else can you explain the Ford Edsel or the sword pistol-absolutely absurd creations that should have never made it... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780061976964
Barcode 9780061976964
Published 6 October 2009 by HarperCollins
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Fawcett, Bill
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ISBN-13 9780061976964
ISBN-10 0061976962
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher HarperCollins
Imprint HarperCollins e-books
Publication Date 6 October 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Fawcett, Bill
Category History
Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
Technology: General Issues
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 609
Catalogue Code 344143

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A remarkable compendium of wild schemes, mad plans, crazy inventions, and truly glorious disastersEvery phenomenally bad idea seemed like a good idea to someone. How else can you explain the Ford Edsel or the sword pistol-absolutely absurd creations that should have never made it off the drawing board? It Looked Good on Paper gathers together the most flawed plans, half-baked ideas, and downright ridiculous machines throughout history that some second-rate Einstein decided to foist on an unsuspecting populace with the best and most optimistic intentions. Some failed spectacularly. Others fizzled after great expense. One even crashed on Mars. But every one of them at one time must have looked good on paper, including:The lead water pipes of RomeThe Tacoma Narrows Bridge-built to collapseThe Hubble telescope-the $2 billion scientific marvel that couldn't seeThe Spruce Goose-Howard Hughes's airborne atrocity: big, expensive, slow, unstable, and made of woodWith more than thirty-five chapters full of incredibly insipid inventions, both infamous and obscure, It Looked Good on Paper is a mind-boggling, endlessly entertaining collection of fascinating failures.

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Author's Bio

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.

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