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Inventions: A Visual Encyclopedia

DK. Jul. 2018. 304p. illus. index. ISBN 9781465458384. $29.99; pap. ISBN 9781465473691. $19.99. REF
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From "early breakthroughs," such as the wheel and the printing press, to bionic hands and space stations, this work offers insight into the what, who, where, and when of inventions. Organized into seven categories and clustered three to four per page, the entries move from stone tools to robot space probes. Inventor highlights (Alfred Nobel, Zhang Heng), fast facts, and "Wow!" boxes appear throughout, with additional short biographies and a glossary at the end.
VERDICT Readers from middle school to adult will be engrossed by the brief explanations flowing through photo-rich layouts.

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