From the Post-It, to the Internet
The Inside Story of Modern Inventors and Inventions
This book is a focused portrait of the lives of forty post World War II inventors and their discoveries in the fields of medicine, aviation, communications technology, computer science, and chemistry. Although they may have won Nobel Prizes or National Technology Medals, many of these inventors are relatively unknown outside of their fields—hidden geniuses who have devoted their lives to the process of discovery, often without great financial reward.
Their research and breakthroughs have created thousands of important products that make our lives more comfortable, more efficient, more financially rewarding, safer, healthier, and more creative. It is impossible to imagine modern life without their innovation, such as: the Internet, the GPS, the laser, the electric guitar, the MRI, the personal computer, the pacemaker, Post-it™ Notes, the TV
remote control, radar and sonar, scuba gear, vaccines, Valium, and video games.
Isaac Cronin is the author and editor of ten non-fiction books, including Confronting Fear: A Documentary History of Terrorism and The Believer, based on the film by Henry Bean that won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2001. Cronin was the marketing director for the specialty cookbook publisher Aris Books, worked as a special sales consultant for Publishers Group West and currently manages ICPR, a public relations firm in Berkeley that focuses on sustainable businesses. He co-wrote Chan Is Missing, a film directed by Wayne Wang that was inducted into the National Film Archive in the Library of Congress. He lives in Oakland, California.