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By Kevin Baker

ISBN-10: 1579656943

ISBN-13: 9781579656942

“Among the numerous rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker’s survey of yank information, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. . . . Baker examines quite a lot of the achievements that experience made, and nonetheless make, the United States nice again—and again.”
The Wall road Journal


What are the origins of the electrical guitar? How did the whaling send paintings? Why was once the discovery of the electrical motor so the most important for the hot York urban subway? The very good tales in the back of those strokes of genius and extra, advised through writer Kevin Baker, fill the pages of America the Ingenious.

listed here are seventy six of the main interesting, very important, and creative innovations discovered in the US, from the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the oil rig, the electrical stitching computer, and the phone. Who got here up with those principles? How lengthy did they take to achieve? What have been the issues? How, precisely, do these items paintings? and the way have they affected who we're this day? This e-book will fulfill the interest of historical past and miscellany buffs alike. Readers will stroll away with a brand new appreciation for those world-changing innovations, in addition to a newfound knowing of what makes the US the correct breeding flooring for ingenuity.

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The idea of hovercrafts—vehicles creating their own layer of air to ride on—has been around since at least the early eighteenth century. Successful ocean­going hovercraft vessels Straight from Back to the Future, the hoverboard— no, not that silly scooter thing, but a real hovering hoverboard—may soon be an ordinary plaything. were produced beginning in the 1960s, and some working prototypes of “hovertrains” or “aerotrains” have also been produced. But hoverboards—skateboards without wheels, that operate a few inches above the ground—first captured America’s imagination in, once again, those visionary masterpieces, the Back to the Future movies, and their magic has survived segues into Segways and various hoaxes.

Container ships would also provide an increasingly energy-efficient way to move goods around a warming planet. In several parts of the world, sunken containers have been used to construct artificial ocean reefs. But at the same time, new container ports around the country eliminated millions of decent working-class manufacturing jobs, traditional stepping-stones into the middle class. The change helped destabilize American cities, then left them seriously divided between the haves and have-nots.

But these prices are likely to come down radically as computer costs continue to drop and as auto companies around the world perfect and add “autonomous” features, such as advanced cruise control, “automatic parking,” and warning systems, to old-fashioned, people-driven cars. Meanwhile, a world full of self-driving cars would save us many billions of dollars as a society—not to mention untold grief and suffering. According to estimates quoted in the Washington Post, a United States in which 90 percent of cars were “autonomous” vehicles would save 21,700 lives every year from auto accidents.

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