A Century of Innovation:

A Century of Innovation:

Twenty Engineering Achievements that Transformed our Lives (2003)

256 pages | 9 1/2 x 11 1/2

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256 pages | 9 1/2 x 11 1/2

A Century of Innovation:

Twenty Engineering Achievements that Transformed our Lives (2003)

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George Constable and Bob Somerville

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A Century of Innovation: Twenty Engineering Achievements that Transformed our Lives. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.

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"A big, Life-magazine-style book, it includes perspectives from the likes of Bill Gates, Neil Armstrong and Arthur C. Clarke on such inventions as the airplane, computer and highways from a top-20 list selected by the National Academy of Engineering. A gift to make the technophile in your life feel appreciated."
-- USA Today, December 11, 2003

"During the past 100 years, society has been transformed by the efforts and magnificent accomplishments of engineers. The National Academy of Engineering celebrates feats such as electricity, the automobile, radio, television, and computers in this oversized, brilliantly illustrated retrospective. From the first flight by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk to the birth of the Internet, readers learn the story behind each great achievement and the impact these things have on our lives today. ... Diagrams appear throughout the book, as do time lines tracking development of each engineering achievement discussed."
-- Science News, December 20 & 27

"One should pay attention to this lovely large-format coffee-table book, for it is more than it seems to be. ... It is obvious that this book likewise has the hearts and minds of its developers written into it. ... The articles convey the sense of balance and judgment that good history should provide. ... Each chapter is arranged in three parts: first, a richly illustrated overview of the technological area; second, a one-page perspective statement by someone in the field; and third, a two-page timeline of milestones in the area. ... These three storytelling elements combine in an excellent strategy for painting a clear picture of the transformation of American life that was accomplished during the 20th century. ... The soul-stretching alteration of human existence is what this fine this surprising committee-built book lays before us in such dramatic terms."
-- Physics Today, December 2004

"With a compelling cover design, bold titles, and a little name dropping -- Neil Armstrong and Arthur C. Clarke contributed the foreword and afterword, respectively -- this book immediately invites attention from a broad audience. ...contributes to the noble effort of making science as engaging as any best-selling novel. ...should make sweet music for engineers and nonengineers alike."
-- Chemical & Engineering News, March 1, 2004

"This is a must-have reference, or at least a must-read book. ...this is most likely the best summary of engineering innovation ever compiled. ... These notable achievements and innovator-role models should inspire future engineers for decades. It is a great summary of the crowning achievements of engineering, and it will enhance your pride in being an engineer."
-- International Engineers' Association website

"...an attractive coffee-table book ...the 20 achievements make for interesting reading."
-- The Times Higher Education Supplement, March 5, 2004

"...most of the achievements profiled in this book are so much a part of our lives that we have come to take them for granted. But to learn the stories behind these great achievements is to behold and appreciate them anew. ... The engineers' commentaries capture the excitement, imagination, vision, and tenacity that ultimately made each achievement a reality. ... Replete with photographs and drawings, the drama of invention and discovery is brought vividly to life. More than a simple tally of engineering achievements, A Century of Innovation is proof that the genius and talent of the world's engineers has transformed the way people live. With a chronology of important events, with chapters heavily illustrated and concise, the book makes the history of engineering a fun read."
-- SirReadaLot.org

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