In addition to being able to tell a good story, Van Dulken easily assembles complex ideas from chemistry and engineering and makes them palatable for the lay person. Van Dulken has assembled a panoramic snapshot of the century. Drawing on the British Library's vast and comprehensive collection of patents, this handsomely illustrated book recounts the history of 100 of the most significant inventions of the century, decade by decade. Many of these inventions changed the world, others radically changed our daily lives. By combining a brief history of each patent with a copy of the original, and often entertaining, patent application Inventing the Twentieth Century reveals the ways in which many of the most basic aspects of our material existence- our clothes, our leisure, our homes have been revolutionized through specific objects. Inventing the Twentieth Century is an informative, illuminating window onto the technology of the twentieth century.