Inventors & Inventions

  • Cathedral, forge, and waterwheel: technology and invention in the Middle Ages. Frances & Joseph Gies. 609 GIE
  • Centers of invention. 609 CEN
  • Created equal: the lives and ideas of Black American innovators. James Michael Brodie. 925 BRO
  • Frontline of discovery: science on the brink of tomorrow. 600 FRO
  • Garden of invention: the stories of garden inventors & their innovations. George Drower. 635.09 DRO
  • Great inventions: geniuses and gizmos: innovation in our time. 608 GRE
  • The greatest inventions of the past 2,000 years. 609 GRE
  • Hiding the elephant: how magicians invented the impossible and learned to disappear. Jim Steinmeyer. 793.8 STE
  • A history of great inventions. James Dyson. 609 DYS
  • House of invention: the secret life of everyday products. David Lindsay. 609 LIN
  • InfoCulture: the Smithsonian book of the inventions of the Information Age. Steven Lubar. 303.483 LUB
  • Inventing beauty: a history of the innovations that have made us beautiful. Teresa Riordan. 391.6 RIO
  • Inventing modern America: from the microwave to the mouse. David E. Brown. 609 BRO
  • Invention by design: how engineers get from thought to thing. Henry Petroski. 620.004 PET
  • Inventive genius. 609 INV
  • The kid who invented the trampoline: more surprising stories about inventions. Don L. Wulffson. Y 609 WUL
  • The lunar men: five friends whose curiosity changed the world. Jenny Uglow. 609 UGL
  • Made in U.S.A.: the secret histories of the things that made America. Phil Patton. 609 PAT
  • Mothers of invention: from the bra to the bomb: forgotten women & their unforgettable ideas. Ethlie Ann Vare. 609 VAR
  • The new how things work: everyday technology explained. John Langone. 600 LAN
  • On the shoulders of giants: the great works of physics and astronomy. 520.9 ONT
  • The 100 greatest inventions of all time: ranking past and present. Tom Philbin. 608.7 PHI
  • Patently female: from AZT to TV dinners: stories of women inventors and their breakthrough ideas. Ethlie Ann Vare, Greg Ptacek. 609 VAR
  • The scientists: a history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventors. John Gribbin. 509.2 GRI
  • They all laughed–: from light bulbs to lasers, the fascinating stories behind the great inventions that have changed our lives. Ira Flatow. 609 FLA
  • The World Book encyclopedia of science. 503 WOR

INDIVIDUAL INVENTORS & INVENTIONS

  • Albert Einstein: a biography. Albrecht Folsing. B Einstein
  • Analog days: the invention and impact of the Moog synthesizer. Trevor Pinch, Frank Trocco. 786.7 PIN
  • Ben Franklin’s almanac: being a true account of the good gentleman’s life. Candace Fleming. Y 973.309 FLE
  • Benjamin Franklin: an American life. Walter Isaacson. B Franklin
  • Bright earth: art and the invention of color. Philip Ball. 701.85 BAL
  • The chip: how two Americans invented the microchip and launched a revolution. T.R. Reid. 621.381 REI
  • Copies in seconds: how a lone inventor and an unknown company created the biggest communication breakthrough since Gutenberg: Chester Carlson and the birth of the Xerox machine. David Owen. 686.4 OWE
  • Edison & the electric chair: a story of light and death. Mark Essig. 364.66 ESS
  • Edison, inventing the century. Neil Baldwin. B Edison
  • Empires of light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the race to electrify the world. Jill Jonnes. 621.309 JON
  • Fleet fire: Thomas Edison and the pioneers of the electric revolution. L.J. Davis. 621.309 DAV
  • Gutenberg: how one man remade the world with words. John Man. 686.1 MAN
  • Lightning man: the accursed life of Samuel F.B. Morse. Kenneth Silverman. B Morse
  • A man of ideas: the biography of Dr. Waldo Lonsbury Semon, inventor of plasticized polyvinyl chloride. B Semon
  • Steam: the untold story of America’s first great invention. Andrea J. Sutcliffe. 623.82 SUT
  • Tube: the invention of television. David E. Fisher and Marshall Jon Fisher. 621.388 FIS
  • The Wright brothers and the invention of the aerial age. Tom D. Crouch, Peter L. Jakab. 629.13 CRO

RESOURCES FOR INVENTORS

  • The game inventor’s guidebook. Brian Tinsman. 793.02 TIN
  • Hot property: the stealing of ideas in an age of globalization. Pat Choate. 346.048 CHO
  • How to make patent drawings: a patent it yourself companion. Jack Lo, David Pressman. 608 LO
  • Inventing made easy: the entrepreneur’s indispensable guide to creating, patenting, and profiting from inventions. Tom & Roger Bellavance. 608 BEL
  • Marketing your invention. Thomas E. Mosley, Jr. 608.7 MOS
  • Nolo’s patents for beginners. David Pressman, Richard Stim. 346.048 PRE
  • Patent, copyright & trademark. Richard Stim. 346.048 STI
  • Patent it yourself. David Pressman. 346.048 PRE
  • Patent pending in 24 hours. Richard Stim, David Pressman. 346.048 STI
  • Patents, copyrights & trademarks for dummies. Henri Charmasson. 346.048 CHA

FICTION

  • Dawn over Kitty Hawk: the novel of the Wright brothers. Walter J. Boyne. Fic BOY
  • George Washington Carver: inventor and naturalist. Sam Wellman. Large Type Fic WEL

REFERENCE

  • Encyclopedia of world biography. R 920 ENC
  • Famous first facts: a record of first happenings, discoveries, and inventions in American history. Joseph Nathan Kane. R 031.02 KAN
  • World of invention. R 609 WOR
  • World of scientific discovery. R 503 WOR

DVDS / VIDEOS

  • Accidental inventions: 10 inventions, 10 extraordinary stories. DVD 609
  • Alistair’s time machine. DVD Children R
  • Benjamin Franklin: scientist & inventor. VIDEO Children
  • Edison: the wizard of light. VIDEO Children I
  • Einstein: light to the power of 2. VIDEO Children I
  • Leonardo: a dream of flight. VIDEO Children I
  • Marie Curie: more than meets the eye. VIDEO Children I
  • Newton: a tale of two Isaacs. VIDEO Children I
  • Tesla: master of lightning. VIDEO B Tesla
  • Wilbur & Orville: dreams of flying. VIDEO B Wright

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

  • The adventurous chef: Alexis Soyer. Ann Arnold. JB Soyer
  • African-American inventors: Lonnie Johnson, Frederick McKinley Jones, Marjorie Stewart Joyner, Elijah McCoy, Garrett Augustus Morgan. Fred M.B. Amram. J 608.7 AMR
  • Alexander Graham Bell and the story of the telephone. John Bankston. JB Bell
  • American computer pioneers. Mary Northrup. J 004.092 NOR
  • Benjamin Franklin: inventor and patriot. Carin T. Ford. EB Franklin
  • Bright ideas: the age of invention in America, 1870-1910. Ann Rossi. J 609 ROS
  • Charles Ginsburg: video wizard. Barbara Taylor. JB Ginsburg
  • Cyrus McCormick and the mechanical reaper. Lisa J. Aldrich. JB McCormick
  • Dr. An Wang: computer pioneer. Jim Hargrove. JB Wang
  • Edwin Land: photographic pioneer. Scott McPartland. JB Land
  • Flick a switch: how electricity gets to your home. Barbara Seuling. E 621.3 SEU
  • Einstein: visionary scientist. John B. Severance. JB Einstein
  • 53 1/2 things that changed the world and some that didn’t. Steve Parker. J 609 PAR
  • Fine print: a story about Johann Gutenberg. Joann Johansen Burch. JB Gutenberg
  • First flight: the story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers. E 629.13 SHE
  • Five notable inventors. Wade Hudson. E 609 HUD
  • George Eastman and the story of photographic film. Joanne Mattern. JB Eastman
  • Gertrude Elion: master chemist. Stephanie St. Pierre. JB Elion
  • Gordon Gould: laser man. Scott McPartland. JB Gould
  • Guglielmo Marconi: radio pioneer. Beverley Birch. JB Marconi
  • Henry’s amazing machine. Dayle Ann Dodds. Pic DOD
  • Here’s what you do when you can’t find your shoe: ingenious inventions for pesky problems. Andrea Perry. J 811 PER
  • Ice-cream cones for sale! Elaine Greenstein. J 637.4 GRE
  • Igor Sikorsky: father of the helicopter. Steven Otfinoski. JB Sikorsky
  • Imaginative inventions: the who, what, where, when, and why of roller skates, potato chips, marbles, and pie and more! Charise Mericle Harper. E 609 HAR
  • Inventing the future: a photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. Marfe Ferguson Delano. JB Edison
  • Inventions explained: a beginner’s guide to technological breakthroughs. Richard Platt. J 609 PLA
  • Inventions: inventors & ingenious ideas. Peter Turvey; David Salariya. J 609 TUR
  • James Watt: master of the steam engine. Anna Sproule. JB Watt
  • Johann Gutenberg and the amazing printing press. Bruce Koscielniak. J 686.2 KOS
  • Jonas Salk. Deanne Durrett. JB Salk
  • Karl Benz and the single cylinder engine. John Bankston. JB Benz
  • The kids’ invention book. Arlene Erlbach. J 608 ERL
  • Lise Meitner: discoverer of nuclear fission. Rachel Stiffler Barron. JB Meitner
  • Louis Daguerre and the story of the daguerreotype. John Bankston. JB Daguerre
  • Madam C. J. Walker: pioneer businesswoman. Marlene Toby. EB Walker
  • Made in China: ideas and inventions from ancient China. Suzanne Williams. J 951 WIL
  • Maker of machines: a story about Eli Whitney. Barbara Mitchell. JB Whitney
  • Marvelous Mattie: how Margaret E. Knight became an inventor. Emily Arnold McCully. EB Knight
  • Medical advances. Steve Parker. J 610 PAR
  • Medical technology: inventing the instruments. Robert Mulcahy. J 610.28 MUL
  • My brothers’ flying machine: Wilbur, Orville, and me. Jane Yolen. EB Wright
  • Ordinary genius: the story of Albert Einstein. Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. JB Einstein
  • Queen of inventions: how the sewing machine changed the world. Laurie Carlson. J 646.2 CAR
  • Radio boy. Sharon Phillips Denslow. E DEN
  • The real McCoy: the life of an African-American inventor. Wendy Towle. JB McCoy
  • The remarkable Benjamin Franklin. Cheryl Harness. JB Franklin
  • Robert Fulton: and the development of the steamboat. Morris A. Pierce. JB Fulton
  • Rockets and spacecraft. Robert Snedden. J 629.4 SNE
  • Sea clocks: the story of longitude. Louise Borden. J 526.6 BOR
  • So you want to be an inventor? Judith St. George. J 608 SAI
  • Telephones. Gini Holland, Amy Stone. J 621.385 HOL
  • Toilets, toasters & telephones. Susan Goldman Rubin. J 683.8 RUB
  • Toys!: amazing stories behind some great inventions. Don Wulffson. J 688.72 WUL
  • What’s inside? Great inventions. E 620 WHA
  • Women inventors. Jean F. Blashfield. J 608.7 BLA
  • The wondrous whirligig / the Wright Brothers’ first flying machine. Andrew Glass. Pic GLA

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