Ancient Inventions

Ancient Inventions

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Baker & Taylor
A guide to ancient accomplishments and inventions unearths the origins of modern creations including computers in ancient Greece, a postal service in medieval Baghdad, and plastic surgery in India in the first century B.C. 30,000 first printing.

Book News
British archaeologists James and Thorpe lay to rest the notion that we who live in this modern era have a monopoly on the inventions of clever machines, labor-saving devices, and brilliant engineering. With wry humor grounded in scholarly research, the authors present an amazing compendium of feats of human ingenuity from the ancient world through Columbus's time, organized thematically. Contains over 300 line drawings. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
We 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. Written with the pure joy of discovery, Ancient Inventions is a treasure trove of the triumphs and marvels of applied science, from the stone tools hewn by the earliest prehistoric people to the dawn of the modern era in 1492.
Historian and archaeologist team Peter James and 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.
Organized thematically, Ancient Inventions covers everything from medicine to communication, from high-tech devices to city life, from military equipment to sports and leisure, from transportation to human sexuality. 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.

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& Taylor

A guide to ancient accomplishments and inventions unearths the origins of modern creations, including computers in ancient Greece, plastic surgery in India in the first century B.C., and a postal service in medieval Baghdad

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345364760
0345364767
9780307290618
0307290611
Characteristics: xxiii, 672 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thorpe, I. J.

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