Inventors and Impostors: A Sordid History of Innovation and Imitation by Daniel Diehl & Mark Donnelly is a book about History and discoveries during the centuries with this peculiarity: thanks to the curiosity of these minds we will discover what happened in the while and before their appearance to the most important inventions. We will learn that the final inventor in general of the inventions you will read in this book hasn't/haven't never been the principal mind/minds of the invention.
The authors in their foreword admit that they're historians and well I don't know you, but it is known that certain inventions were "intercepted" by someone else, let's use this expression. Donnelly and Diehl said that they searched at first with enthusiasm thinking that their work would have been simple, quick.
While, they add, it was the opposite! because a name called another one, a situation followed another situation and so on, like in a Chinese box.
It's an intriguing book this one, with informations that, the authors clarify, you won't never find in scholastic books where will report to you who invented that certain machine or theory but I am sure that this book will interest you and will let you think a lot about our world and its dynamics.
Many the inventions taken in consideration: the one of the electricity (electric light), Alexander Bell and the telephone, the theory of the evolution of Darwin, the discovery of America, Guglielmo Marconi with his radio, Isaac Singer & the Sewing Machine for a total of fourteen discoveries.
Using a journalistic expression the authors think that: "The public has the right to know."
I thank Ravenswood for this ebook!
Anna Maria Polidori