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Inventing the 21st Century (paperback)

Published Date:
September 2010
The British Library
Bibliographic Details:
Paperback, 160 pages, 234 x 156mm, 50 black and white illustrations
Stephen van Dulken
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Surprise and intrigue are rife in this fascinating history of modern inventions. Although we are only ten years into the 21st century, the number of new patents filed bears witness to the ongoing ingenuity of inventors around the world. Already, such inventions as the iPod and the Nintendo Wii have become a commercial phenomenon and it would be hard to imagine life without them.

This engrossing book describes 50 of the most interesting inventions of the century so far, from around the world, providing an engaging insight into the thought processes behind their work. Using illustrations of patents from the British Library's collection, Stephen van Dulken paints an illuminating picture of the modern world.

About the author
Stephen van Dulken is an expert Curator in the Patents Information Service of the British Library. He is the author of numerous books on the history of patents, including Inventing the 19th Century (2001), Inventing the 21st Century (2010) and Inventing the American Dream (2004), all published by the British Library.

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