Brown, David E., 1969-

Inventing modern America : from the microwave to the mouse / text by David E. Brown ; foreword by Lester C. Thurow ; introductions by James Burke. - Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2002. - xi, 209 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.

"A publication of the Lemelson-MIT program for invention and innovation."

Includes bibliographical references (p. 198-200) and index.

Machine generated contents note: Foreword: Lester C. Thurow viii -- Introduction: James Burke 2 -- MEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE -- Introduction 4 -- Raymond Damadian: MRI scanner, magnetic resonance imaging (1977) 6 -- Thomas Fogarty: balloon embolectomy catheter (1961) 12 -- Wilson Creatbatch: implantable cardiac pacemaker (1958) 18 -- Dean Kamen: portable medication technology (1970s) 24 -- Mary-Claire King: advances in the treatment of breast cancer (1990) 30 -- Robert Langer: biomedical applications of polymers (i98os) 34 -- Rosalyn Yalow: RIA, radioimmunoassay (1959) 38 -- CONSUMER PRODUCTS -- Introduction 44 -- Leo Baekeland: Bakelite, the first modern plastic (1907) 46 -- Harold "Doc" Edgerton: stop-action photography (1931) 52 -- Philo T. Farnsworth: electronic television (1927) 58 -- Stephanie Kwolek: Kevlar (1964) 62 -- Jerome Lemelson: apparatus for driving tape in a cartridge (1972) 68 -- Jacob Rabinow: self-regulating clock (1954) 74 -- Percy Spencer: microwave oven (1947) 80 -- TRANSPORTATION -- Introduction 84 -- Ole Evinrude: outboard boat motor (1907) 86 -- Henry Ford: assembly line (1913) 90 -- Robert Goddard: liquid-fueled rocket (1926) 94 -- Paul MacCready: human-powered airplane (1977) 100 -- Garrett Morgan: traffic signal (1923) 106 -- Elmer Ambrose Sperry: gyrocompass (1911) 112 -- ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT -- Introduction 118 -- George Washington Carver: industrial applications for agricultural products (191os) 120 -- Carl Djerassi: nontoxic pest-control products (196os) 124 -- Sally Fox: naturally colored cotton (1989) 128 -- Buckminster Fuller: geodesic dome (1950) 134 -- Ashok Gadgil: ultraviolet water purification system (1993) 140 -- Stanford Ovshinksy: mass production of photovoltaic cells (1983) 144 -- John Todd: ecosystems for combating pollution (1984) 148 -- COMPUTING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS -- Introduction 154 -- Nolan Bushnell: video game (1971) 156 -- Douglas Engelbart: computer mouse (1968) 162 -- Al Gross: walkie-talkie (1937) 168 -- Erna Schneider Hoover: computerized telephone switching system (1965) 172 -- Grace Murray Hopper: computer compiler (1952) 178 -- Raymond Kurzweil: optical reading machine for the blind (1976) 182 -- Carver Mead: very-large-scale integrated circuits (1971) 188 -- Steve Wozniak: personal computer (1976) 194 -- Sources and Further Reading 198 -- Index 201 -- Acknowledgments 207 -- Photo Credits 208.

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Inventors--United States--Biography.
Inventions--History--United States--20th century.

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