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This blog covers historically significant inventors and inventions that have affected our lives for better or worse.

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Back To The Future: X Ray Glasses

For those who have always wondered about how those X-Ray Specs from your youth worked, here's everything you probably never thought to ask.

Color Me Stop And Go: The History Of The Traffic Light

You see them hanging around, here and there. They’re everywhere, part of the landscape, it seems but you never really pay close attention to them until you blow through a red one. Here's some interesting facts about traffic lights...

Much Ado About Almost Nothing by Hans Camenzind : Review


The “Nothing,” in the title of Hans Camenzind’s Much Ado About Almost Nothing, is the electron. The book is a fascinating tale about the history of that infinitesimally small, negatively charged particle around which so much of our everyday lives revolve. It’s the story of man’s effort to understand it, make sense of it, and ultimately make use of it. read more »

The Long History of the Condom


Geocomo CasanovaGeocomo CasanovaCurious about the history of the condom?

Here's a bit of the obvious for you: men and women have been having sex for as long as there have been humans. Discounting any origin of the species theories involving extraterrestrials, that works out to around 250,000 years for Homo sapiens as a distinct species of primate. read more »

Invention History: The Father of FM


Radio TowerRadio TowerCurious about who invented FM?

The tragic story of Edwin Howard Armstrong is an updating of the classic David and Goliath tale, as well as a cautionary account about individual creativity suppressed by corporate power misused.

Unless you're an engineer or a techie-type, you've probably never heard of Armstrong. He wasn't adept at self-promotion as were Thomas Edison, and Bill Gates, or any of the inspirations for the endless number of eponymous products and services out there. Still, he was the real deal.

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Robert Adler: Making Life Safe for Couch Potatoes


Robert Adler made the world safe for couch potatoes.

If not for the estimable work of Robert Adler, the simple act of watching TV - that ubiquitous appliance considered an essential part of every home - would be very different from the experience to which we've become accustomed. Without Adler's contributions, not only might the act of watching the tube be very different, the TV-itself might still be a small, funny-looking box with tinny sound. read more »

Inventive Ingenuity: The Ramen King


It's a food you are sure to have eaten and perhaps fallen in love with. Do you know how that ingenious packet of instant ramen came about?

Michael Daisy, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer and publicist. He is also a history fan (or buff), and music fan currently working on an aural documentary of popular music in the U.S. from 1940-2000. He wanted to share his knowledge of the inventors and inventions that have touched our lives with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Inventive Ingenuity: Father of the Fire Hydrant


Do you know anything about Birdsill Holly? He's an important inventor that invented something used to save millions of lives a year.

Michael Daisy, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer and publicist. He is also a history fan (or buff), and music fan currently working on an aural documentary of popular music in the U.S. from 1940-2000. He wanted to share his knowledge of the inventors and inventions that have touched our lives with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »