The Problem With Early Clocks (Bloopers of Invention)

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Telling time wasnt always as easy as looking at a cell phone. Clocks are incredibly complex machines that help make sure were on time for school and many other tasks in our everyday lives. But how did we learn how to tell time? What amazing minds learned how to make machines that helped us keep track of the days, hours, and minutes? From the early time-telling methods of Egyptian sun clocks and ancient Greek water clocks to the earliest watchmakers and todays super accurate atomic clicks, telling time has been one of the many amazing things humans have learned to do.

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Gr 2-4-Though he embeds some humorous missteps-each headed with an eye-catching "OOPS!"-into this set of reasonably coherent highlight reel-style accounts of how selected technological developments got their starts, Nagelhout makes more than a few problematic choices. Characterizing Otto Lilienthal's fatal crash and the Hindenburg disaster in Early Flying Machines as "bloopers" seems fatuous, for instance. Other entries seem shoehorned in, such as the abacus (accompanied by text describing the practice of counting on fingers as an "OOPS!"). Moreover, the author phones in a history of photography in Early Cameras, commenting that the first Kodak film was made from "something called cellulose" and quaintly warning that "if you lose a memory card or your computer breaks, you could lose all your digital photos." VERDICT Though readers hoping for disaster-centric edutainment will be disappointed, these histories do offer good overviews of their subjects, with a well-chosen mix of period photos and labeled diagrams to illustrate each high (or low) point.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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