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Literary agent John Brockman challenged the array of scientists that he hosts on his website by asking: "What is the most important invention of the past two thousand years?". This book provides a showcase for more than a hundred of their responses, which are as varied as the participants themselves. Gutenberg's printing press wins the most endorsements, but the neuroscientist Colin Blakemore argues for the birth-control pill, biologist Richard Dawkins nominates the spectroscope and physicist Freeman Dyson makes a case for ...

The Greatest Inventions of the Last 2000 Years 2000, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

ISBN-13: 9780297645757