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Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse
Doug Engelbart In a flash, Doug Engelbart saw how computers - and the mouse - could help people work better together.
Thomas Fogarty Thomas Fogarty's fly fishing skills allowed him to build a life-saving device. Ashok Gadgil knew there must be a better way to purify drinking water in developing countries.
Endless hours of work let Paul MacCready conquer a centuries-old challenge: human powered flight. The Helios, a solar-powered flying wing. In some cloudy chemicals, Stephanie Kwolek saw a super-strong synthetic.
"Inventing Modern America shows American inventors to be as diverse and as interesting as the things they invent."
—Henry Petroski, author of The Evolution of Useful Things

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Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse celebrates the best of American ingenuity and inventiveness. In-depth profiles of 35 inventors tell the often surprising stories of the creation of everyday objects, from Kevlar and the personal computer to the pacemaker. This site explores the life and work of five of these intriguing innovators. Choose one of the inventors' qualities—courage, insight, know-how, vision, and perseverance—to find out more. Then check out what you'll find in the rest of the book.
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Doug Engelbart Thomas Fogarty Ashok Gadgil Stephanie Kwolek Paul MacCready
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