Patents: Ingenious Inventions, How they work and How they came to be

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Patents is covered in bubble wrap, one of man's more ingenious creations. It includes dozens of notable patents, from the airplane, brassiere, chain saw, and fire hydrant to the Internet, parachute, plunger, and zipper. The purpose of each device is explained in accessible language, along with background about the inventor, interesting sidebars and history, and an excerpt from the original patent application. The artwork throughout includes photos of original models and patent diagrams created by the inventors themselves, annotated to show exactly how each item works.

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Ben Ikenson is a writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  based in Washington, D.C. He is also a freelance writer. His articles on wildlife conservation have appeared in regional, national, and international magazines, including Américas, Earth Island Journal, Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, North American Sportsman Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, and American Indian Report.

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Adult/High School–Strong visual appeal and coherent organization are two immediately notable characteristics of the entries in this volume, which focuses on approximately 100 (primarily U.S.) inventions dating from the 1790s to the present. Each two-page profile begins with the name, number, and date of the patent, and the name of the inventor or corporate entity to whom it is assigned. This sequence is supplemented by a summary of the item's development or importance, a synopsis of how it works, an excerpt from the patent application as to its purpose, and an original technical drawing reproduced from the U.S. Patent Office files. Ikenson offers examples of creative commercial successes in fields as diverse as medicine, aeronautics, computing, agriculture, and consumer goods. Readers are certain to find a topic of interest here, whether it is the history behind the patent for a Pez dispenser, cathode ray tube, kitty litter, DNA fingerprinting, or the design of a Fender Stratocaster guitar. There is sufficient authoritative detail to begin a report on an invention, and sufficient humor and human-interest commentary in the anecdotal sidebars to sustain pleasure reading. The book is sure to attract notice by its novel cover, which is approximately 75 percent encased in bubble wrap (see patent #3,142,599).–Lynn Nutwell, Fairfax City Regional Library, VA
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