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The Big Idea: How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future
 
 
Author
Timothy Ferris, foreword.
Publisher National Geographic  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.2 x 9.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781426208102
Pages/Publication Date 319/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30599
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From the Pythagorean theorem to the double helix of DNA, from the discovery of microscopic life forms to Einstein's general theory of relativity, the big ideas of science and technology shape our worldview. This book presents six illustrated timelines—information, medicine, physics, chemistry, biology, and transportation—chronicling scientific and technological breakthroughs and the thinkers who came up with them. But these timelines flow backwards; from a big idea like quantum computing, for example, the book looks back to vacuum tube computers, the work of Allan Turing, television, quantum theory, the discovery of radio waves, the electrical technologies of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell's telephone.
 
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