Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions features 409 essays covering 413 individual inventors (including 27 women) from all time, worldwide. All essays were written specifically for this new publication. The editors have included in this set those inventors recognized for shaping modern technology and the way we live today, coverage that is essential in any liberal arts curriculum. The editor's criteria for including these individuals in this publication took into account their fame as inventors, the significance of their inventions, the amount of time they spent inventing, their representation of world inventors, their relevance to class curricula, and their interest to high school, undergraduate, and general readers. The front matter includes a complete list of contents, a pronunciation key, and a "List of Inventions" (complete index of inventions and pages on which they are discussed). The back matter includes several appendixes and indexes, including an essay on patent law, a Chronological List of Entries, a Time Line of Inventions and a Biographical Directory of Inventors. Four complete indexes (Category, Geographical, Inventions, and Subject) round out the set.
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