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The Big Idea: How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future

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From the Pythagorean theorem to DNA's double helix, from the discovery of microscopic life-forms to the theory of relativity—the big ideas of science and technology shape an era's worldview. Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the past, one big idea at a time. Meet the people who gave birth to ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by National Geographic
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May 27, 2014 Grace Best-Page rated it did not like it
Loving history, science, and timelines, I was prepared to proudly add this book to my library. Then I read it. First there were the head scratching minor errors - saying Queens is a suburb of NYC, when in fact it is a member borough of NYC, or that Nikola Tesla was ostracized late in life due to his eccentric personality, which are just two examples. Then there were the great many typos, the various poorly-chosen illustrations, and the low quality writing. Too, they couldn't make up their minds ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ideas
In this fascinating book the history of scientific ideas is traced pictorially starting with the first idea of the Linux Operating System and heading back in time to the wheel. Each idea is listed as "in use" if it is still being used today, described briefly, and then a few ideas that are built on it are listed. In the case of the wheel it was invented in roughly 3500 BC in mesopotamia. The separately described ideas built on it are hybrid vehicles, automobiles, pneumatic tires and bicycle. The ...more
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Apr 29, 2014 Allison Arthur rated it liked it
I lived how the topics shifted quickly and references to similar topics ran along the bottom the page. This book held my attention much longer than most science-related books because of these elements.
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