With the help of a handful of facts and diagrams, young scientists will learn about thirty inventions that fall into the categories of making life easy, communication, travel, finding out, medicine, and industry. They include:
• The beginning of central heating
• How a compass works
• Creating lasers
• The discovery of painkillers
• Making a printing press
Instructions are provided for a bunch of activities and experiments such as making a telescope, lighting a bulb, and - perhaps the most fun of all - making a balloon-powered rocket.
Read the book and add up how many of these things you use every day. Which ones do you think you couldn’t live without? Just imagine what life was like before they were discovered.
Title: Inventions in 30 Seconds
Author: Dr Mike Goldsmith
Illustrator: Chris Anderson
Publisher: Ivy Press, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2014
For ages: 7+
Type: Non fiction