These books are all excellent introductions
to different aspects of invention, from James Burkes essays
on how different technologies are intimately related to Ira Flatows
stories of inventors determination in the face of failure
Brown, Travis. Popular Patents.
Maryland: The Scarecrow
Press, Inc., 2000
Burke, James. Connections.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1995.
(Paperback version of his 1978 book.).
Burke, James. The Pinball Effect.
Boston: Back Bay Books,
Flatow, Ira. They All Laughed: From Light Bulbs to Lasers:
The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have
Changed Our Lives.
New York: Harper Perennial, 1993.
Grosser, Morton. Gossamer Odyssey: The Triumph of Human-powered
New York: Dover, 1991.
Lindsay, David. House of Invention: The Secret Life of Everyday
New York: Lyons Press, 2000.
Macdonald, Anne L. Feminine Ingenuity: How Women Inventors
New York: Ballantine, 1992.
Petroski, Henry. The Evolution of Useful Things.
Vintage books, 1994.
Science Museum of London. Inventing the Modern World: Technology
New York: DK Publishing, 2000.
Van Dulken, Stephen. Inventing the 20th Century 100
Inventions that Shaped the World.
New York: New York University
Vare, Ethlie Ann and Greg Ptacek. Mothers of Invention: From
the Bra to the Bomb, Forgotten Women and Their Unforgettable Ideas.
New York: Quill, 1989.