Edison's Concrete Piano : Flying Tanks, Six-Nippled Sheep, Walk-on-Water Shoes, and 12 Other Flops from Great Inventors

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Highlights the careers of famous inventors, revealing the lesser-known and most fascinating facts about their careers, their wackier hobbies, big flops and great successes. Thomas Edison, for example, created a concrete piano and a machine to speak to the dead. Written snapshots of inventors through the ages are accompanied by photographs of their lives and inventions. From Alexander Graham Bell's multi-nippled sheep to Leonardo da Vinci's walk-on-water shoes, these ludicrous ideas and faulty designs will leave readers with a smile on their faces.

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"Judy Wearing has written a captivating book on success and failure . . . This book is full of lessons for inventors and non-inventors alike." --Henry Petroski, author, "Success through Failure"

"This book sparkles with heaps of ideas, some plain bonkers, others, like the car, more pedestrian. . . . This book is fun and full of quirks . . . a fine yarn." --"Waikato Times"

"Best Book Title of the Year?: The popular science is fun and easily accessible, and there's more to the inventor's experiments than the title can contain." -- "Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy"

"[Wearing's] background as a science educator is advantageous in this entertaining piece of popular science: she portrays lively personalities and eccentric projects in concrete prose." "--Booklist"

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Judy Wearing is an award-winning educator, author, and science education consultant, who holds a PhD in biology from Oxford University. She lives in Newburgh, Ontario.

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