- Imprint: Amulet Books
- Publication Date: April 28, 2020
- Price: $13.99
- Trim Size: 5 1⁄2 x 8
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-4098-5
- EAN: 9781419740985
- Page Count: 128
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World/All
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Award-winning author Don Brown explores computers and technology in book two of the Big Ideas series
Machines That Think! explores machines from ancient history to today that perform a multitude of tasks, from making mind-numbing calculations to working on assembly lines. Included are fascinating looks at the world’s earliest calculators, the birth of computer programming, and the arrival of smartphones. Contributors discussed include Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Ada Lovelace, and Bill Gates. From the abacus to artificial intelligence, machines through the ages have pushed the boundaries of human capability and creativity. Back matter includes a timeline, endnotes, a bibliography, an author’s note, and an index.
**STARRED REVIEW**— Kirkus Reviews
"Terrific case study on the power of a big idea to work profound changes in our lives."
**STARRED REVIEW**— School Library Journal
"Accessible, occasionally funny, and always thoughtful, this speedy but thorough trip through time is a must for budding scientists."
"Brown’s signature watercolor illustrations keep the tone light and lively, and end matter comprising a timeline, biographical note, sources, author’s note, and al-Khwarizmi’s ever-so-useful “A Bit about Binary” addendum makes this report-ready for kids who appreciate the good nonfiction in the graphic novel shelves."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the author
Don Brown is the author and illustrator of many picture books and has been awarded both the Sibert Medal and Orbis Pictus Award. He lives in Merrick, New York.