Impossible Inventions Ideas that Shouldn’t Work


Impossible Inventions includes twenty eight relatively unknown inventions from history to current day, from a range of creators and countries. The range of ideas is huge as are the inspirations behind them. We learn of  transport involving air, rail, steam and cats! We learn of flying dragons, giant, plodding steam engines and candle power air machines. Candles were included in designs considered to tell the time; time and weather feature frequently also.

This unique collection is wonderful, diverse and fascinating. Some had me laughing out loud. Others had me awed and amazed, while a few left me worried for the inventor, test pilot or spectators!

We love these Impossible Inventions. We recommend this title to all readers who love dreaming and are open to possibilities. Those who enjoy history, engineering, space, geography, science or numbers and opportunities offered through reading will be absorbed by Impossible Inventions.

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Impossible Inventions: Ideas That Shouldn’t Work

Matgorzata Mycielska, and Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

(Gecko Press)

From concentration helmets to robotic chess masters, the team that brought the international award winning Maps present Impossible Inventions. Anecdotal words and pictures expand upon every idea. Comic impressions of the reaction the project might have produced follow complex diagrams.These offer a really human dynamic. Can you imagine the reactions to seeing the first airship, for example?
 Impossible Inventions is fascinating, funny and inspiring. Bookwagon recommends this unique title to dreamers, schemers and thinkers. What’s more, we follow a course through history, realising a timeline of development and hopes. Then again, we are invited to enjoy the biographies of a number of inventors featured in this title.
We realise the fascination that Aleksandra Mizlieńska and Daniel Mizieliński have for their subject in the intimate way the communicate and then the detail into which they go. They explain the twenty eight subjects that were touched upon, that may have worked only once, or were only imagined, before being left. Some, like the helicopter, upon which Leonardo imagined, were left until the twentieth century as explained in 100 Things to Know About Inventions. Others were left for all time, or to the imagination. However, this book is a treasure trove of discoveries and dreams!


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