On the heels of its highly successful predecessor The Timetables of Science, this expansive reference on technology takes readers from the invention of the wheel to the latest breakthroughs in technology.
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Organized chronologically, beginning with the appearance of Homo habilis in 2,400,000 B.C. and concluding with a robotics-based ocean probe in Antarctica in 1993, this is a well-designed and comprehensive overview of technological developments. The major categories change over time from General, Agricultural/Construction, Communications/ Transportation, Food & Agriculture, and Tools/Materials to General, Communications, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Food & Shelter, Materials, Medical Technology, Tools & Devices, and Transportation, reflecting the development and increasing importance of new technologies. There are introductory textual sections, substantial annotations of points of interest, and extensive indexes. A companion to The Timetables of Science (S. & S., 1991), this is a useful reference tool for popular science collections.
Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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