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Banvard's Folly by Paul Collins


ISBN
9780330486880
Published
Released
25 / 08 / 2003
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
304
Dimensions
135 x 216 x 29mm

Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck.

History will always remember the Edisons, Einsteins and Darwins. But what about the others with similarly revolutionary ideas, but who plummeted into oblivion?

Here are the extraordinary, and inspirational, lives of thirteen "losers" who achieved great heights in their lifetimes only to then meet crushing defeats. There is the man who discovered N-rays only to be eclipsed by X-rays; the "Fenian Ram", a submarine built by Irish immigrants in Manhattan to cross the Atlantic and sink the British fleet; the Frenchman behind a doomed universal language based on musical tones; the unknown and uncredited inventor of the first digital computer; and the tragically overconfident Shakespeare forger.
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Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck.

History will always remember the Edisons, Einsteins and Darwins. But what about the others with similarly revolutionary ideas, but who plummeted into oblivion?

Here are the extraordinary, and inspirational, lives of thirteen "losers" who achieved great heights in their lifetimes only to then meet crushing defeats. There is the man who discovered N-rays only to be eclipsed by X-rays; the "Fenian Ram", a submarine built by Irish immigrants in Manhattan to cross the Atlantic and sink the British fleet; the Frenchman behind a doomed universal language based on musical tones; the unknown and uncredited inventor of the first digital computer; and the tragically overconfident Shakespeare forger.
ISBN:
9780330486880
Publication Date:
25 / 08 / 2003
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
135 x 216 x 29mm

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