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National Geographic Concise History of Science and Invention

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From the ancient conquest of fire and the first turn of a wheel to the latest in scientific leaps toward the stars, this easy-access history offers a panoramic perspective on humankind's quest for the laws, theories, and tools by which we can grasp and master our universe.


This concise, concentrated, consistently organized look at our species' key scientific and innovative achievements spans all human history, presenting ten distinct eras from the first glimmers of intelligence to the cutting-edge technologies of the modern world.


Human scientific endeavors and achievement are divided into four general fields of inquiry and arrayed in four basic geocultural regions for easy comparison in a logical, systematic grid format highlighted by 350 photographs, maps, illustrations, and diagrams.


Special two-page feature spreads explore the most revolutionary developments in greater depth. Compelling, expertly composed essays, memorable quotations and sidebars provide information about particular inventions, ideas, and themes.


An extensive glossary explains unfamiliar terms, and a detailed index makes it a simple matter to follow a particular field or process from its origin through its complete cross-cultural evolution.


  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages, 350 color photographs
  • 9 1/8" x 10 7/8"
  • © 2010

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