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The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Harford review — inventions that made us

Have you heard of the Wardian case? If you are drinking a cup of tea at the moment, you have the case’s unique combination of glass, timber, putty and paint to thank. Same goes if you are sipping a …
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Crisis is the mother of invention for area businesses | News, Sports, Jobs – The Review

Crisis is the mother of invention for area businesses | News, Sports, Jobs  The Review
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‘Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860’ Review: Products of a Failed Polymath

A museum profile of the eccentric inventor, painter, publisher and proselytizer whose endeavors rarely succeeded.
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‘The Invention of Surgery’ Review: Honing Their Craft

Operations were once like commando raids. Surgeons got in and out with maximum haste while cutting off as few of their assistants’ fingers as possible.
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‘A Game of Birds and Wolves’ Review: The Invention of the Raspberry

Working in an office block in Liverpool, young Wrens—members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service—re-enacted sea battles on a chalk-gridded linoleum floor. The anti-U-boat tactics they analyzed and …
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‘Edison’ Review: The Invention of Modernity

In October 1929, Thomas Edison was a sleep-deprived octogenarian, deaf as an adder—“I haven’t heard a bird sing since I was twelve years old.” Having sworn off public speaking, he was reluctant to …
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