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Ancient Inventions (Paperback, New edition)

Peter James, Nick J. Thorpe

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Not just an inventory of gizmos and whatsits, this is a responsible attempt by two British archaeologists (Centuries of Darkness, not reviewed) to construct an overview of science and technology in various cultures before 1492. The book, they say, has "one simple message: Our ancestors, however long ago they may have lived and whatever part of the globe they may have occupied, were no idiots." Among the 12 chapter headings are Medicine ("The medical writings of Cornelius Celsus, who lived under the Emperor Tiberius...include a detailed description of a cataract operation"); Transportation (more than 2,000 years ago the Chinese "were making miniature hot-air balloons from empty eggshells"); and Sex Life ("Ancient Greek dildos were often made to measure from bread"). With drawings and photographs. (Kirkus Reviews)
"IT'S CHOCKABLOCK WITH CURIOUS LORE....[James and Thorpe] have amassed scores of persuasive testimonials of primeval ingenuity."
--The Boston Globe
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.
Historian Peter James and archaeologist 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. Written with the pure joy of discovery, Ancient Inventions reveals that:
* Medieval Baghdad had an efficient postal service, banks, and a paper mill.
* Rudimentary calendars were being used in France as early as 13,000 B.C.
* Apartment condominiums rose in deserts of the American Southwest a
thousand years ago.
* The ancient Greeks used an early form of computer.
* Plastic surgery was being performed in India by the first century B.C.
* The Egyptians knew about effective contraceptives.
* Flamethrowers were used in battles waged in tenth-century China.
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.
"This presentation of the discoveries and innovations of the ancients will fascinate."
"Thoroughly researched...It is doubtful that anyone could examine [this book] without coming away enlightened in one of its broadly ranging areas."
--Library Journal


Imprint: Ballantine Books
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2000
First published: October 1995
Authors: Peter James • Nick J. Thorpe
Dimensions: 235 x 190 x 39mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 672
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-345-40102-1
Barcode: 9780345401021
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > General
Books > History > General
Books > Professional & Technical > Technology: general issues
Books > Professional & Technical > Technology: general issues > General
LSN: 0-345-40102-6

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