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Machines That Think! Big Ideas That Changed the World #2

Machines That Think!

Big Ideas That Changed the World #2


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  • Publication Date: April 28, 2020
  • Imprint: Amulet Books
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 8
  • ISBN: 9781419740985
  • Page Count: 128
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World/All

Award-winning author Don Brown explores computers and technology in this installment of the Big Ideas That Changed the World 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 to guiding spaceships to the moon. Machines That Think! includes fascinating looks at the world’s earliest calculators, the birth of computer programming, and the arrival of smartphones. Contributors discussed include Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, and Bill Gates. From the abacus to artificial intelligence, machines through the ages have pushed the boundaries of human capability and creativity.

Big Ideas That Changed the World is a graphic novel series that celebrates the hard-won succession of ideas that ultimately changed the world. Humor, drama, and art unite to tell the story of events, discoveries, and ingenuity over time that led humans to come up with a big idea and then make it come true.


"Terrific case study on the power of a big idea to work profound changes in our lives."
Kirkus Reviews
"Accessible, occasionally funny, and always thoughtful, this speedy but thorough trip through time is a must for budding scientists." 
School Library Journal
"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

KidLitTV StoryMakers with Don Brown

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.

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