August 12 is a day of inventions. On this day in history, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; Henry Ford's Model T rolls off the assembly line; and the IBM personal computer is released.
In addition to books about these and other inventions, modern inventors will find PubWEST imminently useful.
My favorite invention, other than running water and the printing press, is duct tape. If I could invent one thing it would be a combined washing machine and dryer or a car that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future 2.
What is your favorite invention and what do you wish was already invented?
Origins of Everyday Items
- Concise History of Science & Invention: An Illustrated Time Line edited by Jolyon Goddard
- Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions that Have Changed Our Lives by Alex Hutchinson
- Flash of Genius: And Other True Stories of Invention by John Seabrook
- Gadget Nation: A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention by Steve Greenberg
- Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things by Joel Levy
For the Inventors
- The Independent Inventor's Handbook by Louis J. Foreman and Jill Gilbert Welytok
- Patent Pending in 24 Hours by Richard Stim & David Pressman
- Edison on Innovation: 102 Lessons in Creativity for Business and Beyond by Alan Axelrod