Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck by Paul Collins

Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck by Paul Collins

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History will always remember the Edisons, Einsteins and Darwins. But what about the others with similarly revolutionary ideas, but who plummeted into oblivion? This title tells of the lives of 13 "losers", who achieved great heights in their lifetimes, only then to meet crushing defeats.

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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 Mahattan to cross the Atriantic 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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SKU GOR006839091
Title Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck
Author By (author) Paul Collins
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Year Published 2001
Number of Pages 304
ISBN 10 0330486888
ISBN 13 9780330486880
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
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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 Mahattan to cross the Atriantic 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.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR006839091
Title Banvard's Folly: Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck
Author By (author) Paul Collins
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Year Published 2001
Number of Pages 304
ISBN 10 0330486888
ISBN 13 9780330486880
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
Ex Library No