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What the Heck Was the Industrial Revolution?


An incredible TED talk about Nikola Tesla

Famous Inventors

  • James Watt
    The BBC gives a biography about James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine.
  • Eli Whitney
    The National Archives shows Whitney's cotton gin patent and talks about the role it played in moving America forward into industry.
  • Robert Fulton
    In PBS's "Who Made America" series, they talk about Robert Fulton's steamboat services.
  • Samuel Morse
    The History Channel gives 6 things you may not have known about Samuel Morse and his invention of the telegraph.
  • Elias Howe gives a thorough biography of the inventor of the sewing machine and the impact this made on industrial nations.
  • Isaac Singer
    "Who Made America" from PBS explores the impact Isaac Singer had on the world when he founded the first American multinational company.
  • Cyrus Field
    The father of the transatlantic cable is discussed here in PBS's "American Experience."
  • Alexander Graham Bell
    The History Channel has many MANY resources on Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
  • Thomas Edison
    Rutgers University offers a great website on Thomas Edison, a man who patented 1093 inventions.
  • Nikola Tesla
    The Tesla Society of New York has everything about Nikola Tesla, the "genius who lit the world."
  • Rudolf Diesl
    MIT's page on the inventor of the diesl engine.
  • Henry Ford
    The Henry Ford Museum offers up a plethora of information on the famous inventor.
  • The Wright Brothers
    The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's official page on the Orville and Wilbur Wright.

What's On Our Shelves?

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Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in America - James S. Olson
ISBN: 0313308306
Publication Date: 2001-12-30
Istanbul, 1840: the new sultan, Abdulmecid, has heard a rumor that Bellini's vanished masterpiece--a portrait of Mehmed the Conqueror--may have resurfaced in Venice. Yashim, our eunuch detective, is promptly sent to investigate, but--aware that the sultan's advisers are against any extravagant repurchase of the painting--decides to deploy his disempowered Polish ambassador friend, Palewski, to visit Venice in his stead. Palewski arrives in disguise in down-at-the-heel Venice, where a killer is at large, as dealers, faded aristocrats, and other unknown factions seek to uncover the whereabouts of the missing Bellini. But is it the Bellini itself that endangers all or something associated with its original loss? And how is it that all of the killer's victims are somehow tied to the alluring Contessa d'Aspi d'Istria? Will the Austrians unmask Palewski, or will the killer find him first? Only Yashim can uncover the truth to the manifold mysteries.

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Industrial Revolution - Gale Research Staff
ISBN: 0787665150
Publication Date: 2003-05-23
Launched in Great Britain in the mid-18th century, the Industrial Revolution transformed much of the world from a simple agricultural society into a complex industrial society. Arranged thematically, "Industrial Revolution: Primary Sources" includes excerpts from speeches, diary entries, newspaper accounts, novels, poems, memoirs and other documents from the era.

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Industrial Revolution - Gale Research Staff
ISBN: 0787665134
Publication Date: 2003-05-23
Launched in Great Britain in the mid-18th century, the Industrial Revolution transformed much of the world from a simple agricultural society into a complex industrial society." Industrial Revolution: Almanac" includes approximately 12 thematic chapters and research and activity ideas.

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Engines of Change - Brooke Hindle; Steven Lubar
ISBN: 087474539X
Publication Date: 1986-10-17
Million-copy bestselling Halo author and game developer Eric Nylund brings action-packed science fiction to a young audience with the fourth book in the Resisters series. As Ethan and the other Resisters explore Titan Base, they learn more about human technology prior to the alien Ch'zar's conquering of Earth. But before they can fully understand the weapons now at their disposal, the Ch'zar find their new base! The Resisters have just one chance left—if they can destroy the aliens' huge industrial complex, they can buy themselves some time. But to do it, they'll have to infiltrate the Ch'zar collective and risk being absorbed by the hive mind.


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