Impossible Inventions
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Impossible Inventions

Malgorzata Mycielska, Aleksandra Mizielinska

When Leonardo da Vinci sketched ideas for the tank, car, helicopter, glider, parachute, submarine, lift and telescope, over 500 years ago, he was considered a dreamer. Or even crazy. Today he is understood to be a genius, ahead of his time.

This book collects ancient and modern inventions. Some are revolutionary, others comical, others were simply impossible. But each of them testifies to the extraordinary imaginations of their inventors. You will find here a flying bicycle, bubble telegraph, passenger clouds and passenger birds, mechanical chess players, a water clock, a concentration hood and many more incredible ideas.


Ever wondered what a water clock would look like? How about a ride in a land yacht? These are just some of the wacky inventions in this unusual book. Produced by the team who brought us the bestselling atlas, Maps, this is a beautifully illustrated introduction to some imaginative people and their strange inventions – inventions that were designed, built and mostly worked.

It explains the patenting process and has detailed diagrams of how inventions such as the balloon boat, concentration helmet or magnetic balloon would actually function. There are also fun, illustrated double-page spreads of how the invention might look being used in its contemporary time period. This is a fascinating slice of life from the years BC through to recent times, offered from a very unusual perspective. Lovers of history and science aged 7+ will be sure to laugh, learn something unique and may even be inspired to come up with their own inventions.

Angela Crocombe is the shop mananger at Readings Kids.

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