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James May's Magnificent Machines
James May
Phil Dolling
Classification : Sciences
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : Hodder & Stoughton
Page Extent : 352
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780340950913
Price : 999

About the book

The twentieth century was a time of extraordinary change as new technologies and new inventions emerged at a bewildering rate. Our world was transformed beyond recognition, and so were our lives and our aspirations. INVENTING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY is an entertaining, informative and insightful look at the marvels of the twentieth century. James May and Phil Dolling explore the iconic themes of the century: flight, space travel, television, mechanised war, medicine, video games, electronic music, skyscrapers, electronic espionage and much more. But they also lead us down blind alleys to discover the hidden story behind why some inventions like the Zeppelin, the hovercraft or the Theremin struggled to make their mark. They examine the tipping points - when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable - and get up close by looking at the nuts and bolt of remarkable inventions. Packed with surprising statistics and intriguing facts, this is the ideal book for anyone who wants to know how stuff works and why some stuff didn't make it.

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James May
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James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of Top Gear on BBC2. He writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky....(+)