By Ross, Stewart
A lively and highly readable account of the origins, invention and discovery of just about everything on the planet, the truly global sweep of The First of Everything ranges from the Big Bang to driverless cars. The First of Everything follows a context-setting introduction with ...six stimulating sections: At Home (the first glass windows to dentures and bikinis); Health and Medicine (herbs to heart transplants); Getting About (donkeys to double deckers); Science and Engineering (potter's wheel to webcam); Peace and War (the first king to fighter-bombers); and Culture (cave painting to rap). This fascinating book takes in the full sweep of human development and ingenuity over twelve millennia; Africa, for example, gave us the first monarch, algebra and great religions emerged from the Middle East, democracy was born in Europe, and America made the first flying machines. More than just a string of dry lists, the colourful text's intriguing insights and asides make it as enjoyable for the casual browser as the more serious researcher.Read more
As well as fiction and non-fiction titles, Stewart Ross has written prize-winning books for children (his book The Story of Scotland won the Saltire Society prize). He is a French speaker and teaches and directs plays in France; he also gives workshops and talks in the UK and further afield.
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