Encyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions

Encyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions


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The 20th century saw radical changes to the pulse and quality of its everyday life, thanks to a wave of astonishing inventions that improved virtually every aspect of daily existence. Some inventions became essential household products we continue to use today. Others were replaced by new and improved inventions. This invaluable reference presents more than 40 alphabetical categories of everyday inventions for the home and domestic life, grouped by purpose or function.

Inventions covered in Encyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions include ballpoint pens, coffee makers, electric guitars, hair dryers, the Internet, remote controls, zippers, and many other daily household items. Articles detail each invention's history, including how it works and what future developments are possible. A portrait of the larger historical, technological, and cultural landscape helps students understand why certain products were invented and how the future could alter the need for these products. An index and cross-references allow readers to easily find specific inventions of interest. Illustrations and diagrams complement the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313313455
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2003
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

David J. Cole is head of the department of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, where he teaches and writes articles on values and technology.

Eve Browning Cole is associate professor of philosophy at University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN.

Fred E. H. Schroeder is professor emeritus of humanities at University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN. He specializes in popular culture topics.

Table of Contents


Timeline of Inventions

Adhesive Tapes

Audio Recording

Ballpoint Pen

Barcodes and Magnetic Stripes


Bread Machines

Calculators and Cash Registers


Cleaning Products

Compact Discs

Construction Toys

Convertible Furniture

Copiers and Duplicators

Credit Cards

Digital Telecommunications


Electric Lights

Electronic Musical Instruments


Food Containers and Wraps

Frozen Foods

Glues and Adhesives

Hair Care Products

Home Video


Kitchen Appliances, Motorized

Microwave Ovens

Motion Pictures

Personal Hygiene Products

Phonographs and High Fidelity

Power Tools



Remote Controls


Telephone Answering Machines


Vacuum Cleaners

Vending Machines

Video Games and Computer Games

Washing Machines and Dryers

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