How to Become an Accidental Genius

How to Become an Accidental Genius

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Overview

Don't be afraid to try! Make connections! Be persistent! Ask questions and never take no for an answer! Learn the secrets and amazing stories of successful inventors!

How to Become an Accidental Genius is full of inspiring tales of famous and lesser-known inventors who have changed the world, from George Washington Carver, Mary Anderson (inventor of the windshield wiper) and inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr to Frank Epperson (of Popsicle fame) and Mary Sherman Morgan (The Woman Who Saved the U.S. Space Race). Readers will be amazed at the inventiveness of these geniuses. The book focuses on inventors from North America but includes stories from around the world. Organized into eleven chapters that highlight the qualities inventors have in common, the book also features profiles of inventive kids and teenagers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459816763
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 513,723
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over seventy books. She writes picture books, chapter books, novels and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into many languages. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit friedawishinsky.com.

Biographies, picture books, cookbooks—Elizabeth MacLeod has written them all and more. She has won many awards for her writing, including the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Nonfiction, as well as Children's Choice awards across Canada. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Jenn Playford has over 20 years experience illustrating creative solutions in the field of editorial, publishing, advertising and product design and her work has been showcased in Communication Arts and How magazine. Some of her clients include Zoomer magazine, Food Illustrated (UK), LA Times, Delta Airlines, United Way, Running Press, Klutz Publishing and Galison/Mudpuppy. Recently her illustrations have been animated into videos for the Royal Bank of Canada and Locallove.ca. Jenn grew up in Europe and Toronto and her international experiences have greatly influenced her, along with a passion for design, fashion and books. She now lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her two children.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE: DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY
  • From Shellac to Sensational: Plastic, 1909 (Dr. Leo Hendrik Baekeland)
  • Unbreakable: Kevlar, 1971 (Stephanie Kwolek)
  • Blow Up: Smart Dust, 2003 (Jamie Link)
CHAPTER TWO: GET KNOWLEDGE AND USE IT
  • The Maid Did It: Classifying Stars, 1890 (Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming)
  • Amazing Radiation: X-Rays, 1895 (Dr. Wilhelm Röntgen)
  • Keep That Beat Going: Pacemakers, 1949 (Dr. Wilfred G. Bigelow and
  • Dr. John C. Callaghan)
CHAPTER THREE: PAY ATTENTION
  • Clean Sweep: Windshield Wipers, 1903 (Mary Anderson)
  • Nuts to You: Plenty of Peanut Products, 1910s (George Washington Carver)
  • The Accident That Still Saves Millions: Penicillin, 1928 (Sir Alexander Fleming)
CHAPTER FOUR: MAKE CONNECTIONS
  • It Makes Sense: Folding Beds, 1885 (Sarah E. Goode)
  • A Walk in the Woods: Velcro, 1941 (George de Mestral)
  • Hot Pockets: Microwaves, 1945 (Percy Spencer)
CHAPTER FIVE: RECOGNIZE THAT IT TAKES TIME
  • Remember the Ice: Popsicles, 1905 (Frank Epperson)
  • Night After Night: High-Dose Radiation, 1949 (Dr. Vera Peters)
  • Stick to It: Post-it Notes, 1980 (Dr. Spencer Silver and Art Fry)
CHAPTER SIX: BE PERSISTENT
  • Bounce! Bounce! Bounce!: Trampolines, 1936 (George Nissen)
  • Light Bender: Fiber Optics, 1954 (Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany)
  • It Is Rocket Science: Rocket Fuel, 1957 (Mary Sherman Morgan)
CHAPTER SEVEN: RECOGNIZE THAT FAILURE IS PART OF THE PROCESS
  • It’s in the Bag: Flat-Bottom Paper Bags, 1871 (Margaret Knight)
  • Flaky Inventors: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, 1894 (Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and
  • Will Keith “W.K.” Kellogg)
  • Zoom!: The Razor Scooter, 1998 (Gino Tsai)
CHAPTER EIGHT: DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
  • No Stick: Teflon, 1938 (Dr. Roy J. Plunkett)
  • Code Words: COBOL, 1952 (Dr. Grace Hopper)
  • See Ya!: Laser Cataract Treatment, 1986 (Dr. Patricia Bath)
CHAPTER NINE: BE OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES
  • A Glob of Goo: Friction Matches, 1826 (John Walker)
  • Original Babysitter Updated: Jolly Jumper, 1910 (Susan Olivia Poole)
  • It Started with Potatoes: Television, 1927 (Philo Farnsworth)
CHAPTER TEN: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
  • Look What I Found: Discovering Fossils, 1811 (Mary Anning)
  • Star Inventor: Decoding in the War, 1942 (Hedy Lamarr)
  • Try This: Electronic Feeding Device, 1951 (Bessie Blount Griffin)
CHAPTER ELEVEN: ACCIDENTAL GENIUSES—A NEW GENERATION
  • Magnet Magic: Self-Separating Recycling Bin, 2014 (Asuka Kamiya)
  • Algae Mobile: EcoTube, 2008 (Param Jaggi)
  • Clean Up That Oily Goop: Tailings Filter, 2014 (Hayley Todesco)
GLOSSARY
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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