Book: FIFTY CLEVER BASTARDS by Martin Fonecategories: Book, Non Fiction, Science, Inventions, Scientific Experiments, Biography, History, Unfortunate Inventors, Inventors
Martin Foneabout this book: I have always been fascinated by inventors. It is a truly wonderful and awe-inspiring gift to be able to spot a problem or an opportunity and apply the grey cells to come up with a solution.
The road to becoming a successful inventor is paved with difficulties and this book is designed to celebrate those who fell by the wayside. Some were killed by their own inventions; some didn't, either through omission, fraud or philanthropic gesture receive the rewards their inventions warranted, and others either took their invention to the grave or came to a mysterious end.
You will find in here inventors of some of the things we take for granted in modern life and, perhaps, you will be surprised to find that they did not receive the financial rewards that their inventions merited. You will find aviators from the first millennium CE, pioneers of medicine and science and individuals who took their zeal to learn just a bit too far.
My simple idea is to shine a spotlight on these individuals and to construct an imaginary Hall of Fame. Each pen picture has been culled from posts in my eclectic blog, windowthroughtime.wordpress.com – feel free to look at it.
And a word about the title. 'Clever bastards' is an English term of endearment to describe someone who is a cut above the rest in terms of intelligence
and ingenuity. It is also used pejoratively to describe someone who is a little too clever for their own good. As Ian Dury so memorably said, there ain't half some clever bastards.
This book is designed to appeal to those who are interested in inventors, science and who enjoy schadenfreude. It took about 4 years in the making and is my paean to human ingenuity and those inventors whom history has forgotten.
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