Eureka: How Invention Happens

Eureka How Invention Happens Tracing the long pre history of five twentieth century inventions which have transformed our lives Gavin Weightman reveals a fantastic cast of scientists and inspired amateurs whose ingenuity has giv

  • Title: Eureka: How Invention Happens
  • Author: Gavin Weightman
  • ISBN: 9780300192087
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tracing the long pre history of five twentieth century inventions which have transformed our lives, Gavin Weightman reveals a fantastic cast of scientists and inspired amateurs whose ingenuity has given us the airplane, television, bar code, personal computer, and mobile phone Not one of these inventions can be attributed to a lone genius who experiences a moment of inspiTracing the long pre history of five twentieth century inventions which have transformed our lives, Gavin Weightman reveals a fantastic cast of scientists and inspired amateurs whose ingenuity has given us the airplane, television, bar code, personal computer, and mobile phone Not one of these inventions can be attributed to a lone genius who experiences a moment of inspiration Nearly all innovations exist in the imagination before they are finally made to work by the hard graft of inventors who draw on the discoveries of others While the discoveries of scientists have provided vital knowledge which has made innovation possible, it is a revelation of Weightman s study that it is often than not the amateur who enjoys the eureka moment when an invention works for the first time Filled with fascinating stories of struggle, rivalry, and the ingenuity of both famous inventors and hundreds of forgotten people, Weightman s captivating work is a triumph of storytelling that offers a fresh take on the making of our modern world.

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    1. The five inventions and how they happened have been elucidated in an inimitable style. The author has done prodigious research but his erudition on these topics sits lightly on his shoulders. The inventors are as unlikely as they come, starting with non - engineers working on aeroplanes to haphazard geeks on home computers. What is common is their passion and persistence against consistent failures to finally come out with the solution for what they set out in the first place. The imagination an [...]

    2. There's an interesting point made by Gavin Weightman in Eureka - the way that many inventions were the brainchild of an amateur, a tinkerer, who managed to get the invention going pretty badly, before it was then picked up elsewhere, typically by a larger organization which carried it forward to become a commercial or practical product. It's certainly true of the five examples he focusses on in the book.These are powered flight, television, the barcode, the PC and the mobile phone (cellphone). I [...]

    3. Weightman focuses on five significant inventions -- the airplane, television, bar code, personal computer, and mobile phone -- starting with what he calls the "eureka moment" and moving backwards to show the discoveries and innovations that paved the way for the invention. Pretty much every time a new person is introduced we get a short biography of them and often, somewhat distractingly, their parents or even their grandparents. I guess it fits with the whole "standing on the shoulders of giant [...]

    4. There's an interesting point made by Gavin Weightman in Eureka - the way that many inventions were the brainchild of an amateur, a tinkerer, who managed to get the invention going pretty badly, before it was then picked up elsewhere, typically by a larger organization which carried it forward to become a commercial or practical product. It's certainly true of the five examples he focusses on in the book.These are powered flight, television, the barcode, the PC and the mobile phone (cellphone). I [...]

    5. This summary of five inventions is an easy, engaging read, but it feels a bit disorganized at times. By the author's account, he simply set out to explore the inventions that influence our daily lives, but he emerged with a tale of invention by outsiders. He concludes that we cannot expect innovation from scientists or industry, but must rely on those outside the system.His thesis of outsiders doesn't exactly work. He mentions the invention of the transistor (Bell Labs) in passing and portrays F [...]

    6. Five essays focusing on inventions that have changed the world; powered flight, television, barcodes, the home computer and the mobile phone. As always the histories, from Gavin Weightman, give credence to how developments were never reliant on just one individual; they were instead dependent upon discoveries and new ideas that were just waiting for the right time and place to coalesce into something more than the sum of their parts. To emphasise this reliance on ideas converging, the essays sta [...]

    7. I received this book a part of the first reads giveaways. I really found it interesting. I like that the book looks at the eureka moments of different inventions and traces them back through various historical developments. I was so interested to learn for example, how Muybridge's photographs assisted in the development of the television. It drew connections between various inventions that aren't always so clear and shows how invention doesn't happen in a vacuum but is a continuum of developmen [...]

    8. I entered the contest for my wife. She is a big history major. She thoroughly appreciated it. She said she enjoyed the back story of all the inventions in the book. She didn't know some of that information.

    9. Before I read this , I wonder if this will seem like the same old stories I heard before or if it will be new and interesting to me.

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