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Why do great inventions sometimes pop into existence only to pop out again? Consider if you will …

… an ancient Greek computer that disappeared into the sea …

… an ancient Mesopotamian electric battery that might have been used to literally SHOCK people into religious belief …

… the horrors of napalm wielded by the Byzantine empire …

… a steam-powered Victorian computer that hinted at the possibility of Artificial Intelligence well over a century ago …

… and an 18th-century genius’s plans for voice synthesizers, copying machines, air conditioning, airborne drones, non-polluting internal combustion engines, liquid fuel rockets, and even space travel — and did he REALLY bring spaghetti to life?

This book tells a dizzying story of inventions lost to time. What would our world have been like if they hadn’t disappeared? You decide!

Free on 17th - 21st Jan 15
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"Trivia fans, geeks and those interested in technology or engineering should all find something new in this book."

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This is well above the standard of most short non-fiction on Amazon: It quotes sources, provides links and even references Arthur C. Clarke.
Ranging from analog computers and earthquake detectors to gunpowder and greek fire, these pieces are well researched, well cited, and interesting to read. The articles are illustrated with full colour photographs, which make this book a very useful reference even for people already familiar with the topics.

It's short but interesting, and there are no problems with the English or the presentation. While it is a quick read, at half an hour maximum, this is also an enjoyable one filled with trivia, titbits, and links for resources if you want to find out more. Trivia fans, geeks and those interested in technology or engineering should all find something new in this book.

Rating: 4



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