- Inventors & Impostors: A Sordid History of Innovation and Imitation
Inventors & Impostors: A Sordid History of Innovation and Imitation
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Kitty D. Honeycutt Updated April 05, 2015
May 01, 2015
What if everything you learned in school about the heroes of science, technology and invention was a lie? What if Tom Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb? What if the Wright brothers weren’t the first men to fly? What if Marconi didn’t invent the radio, or Watt the steam engine, or Bell the telephone, or Henry ford the production line? What if Columbus didn’t really discover America, or Darwin the concept of evolution, or Watson and Crick the existence of DNA? Well, brace yourself, because none of these people did what the history books credit them with having done. Were they all thieves and liars? Was it all a huge mistake? Was it some gigantic conspiracy? How did all these people become famous for things they didn’t do? In fourteen gripping, true stories Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly dig deep into the past and lay bare the facts about who really invented what and why somebody else got the glory. This is historical fact that reads like the best fiction – easy to read and impossible to put down.