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Publisher's Summary

A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die. By studying inventions like these - the sippy cup, the cell phone, and an ingenious hospital bed - we can learn how people imagine their ways around "impossible" problems to discover groundbreaking answers.

Pagan Kennedy reports on how these enduring methods can be adapted to the 21st century, as millions of us deploy tools like crowdfunding, big data, and 3-D printing to find hidden opportunities. Inventology uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation. As Kennedy argues, recent advances in technology and communication have placed us at the cusp of a golden age; it's now more possible than ever before to transform ideas into actuality.

Inventology is a must-listen for designers, artists, makers, and anyone else who is curious about creativity. By identifying the steps of the invention process, Kennedy reveals the imaginative tools required to solve our most challenging problems.

©2016 Pagan Kennedy (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A delightful account of how inventors do what they do." ( Kirkus)

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Excellent! Very inspirational!

A great perspective of how inventors work and view the world around them. Totally recommend!

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A book that should be an article. Good ideas, but a lot of repeating the same thought.

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great book

as an aspiring inventor, this book provided me with new ways to think as well as things to consider. it was a great listen, and had fantastic points.

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Absolutely mind opening!

Should be standard reading in schools, totally made me realize how easy inventing is in today's society with specific examples on how to get started now.