Ancient Inventions - by Peter James and Nick Thorpe.
This book is a must for anyone who is even remotely interested in the ancient
world or technology. It's an eye opener, showing the genius and ingenuity
of our ancient ancestors, pointing out that even many of what we consider
to be 'modern' inventions have actually been around for millennia. It is
revealed that plastic surgery was being performed in India in the first
century B.C., the Chinese were distilling whiskey as early as the seventh
century BC, and the first automatic doors and steam engine where invented
near two thousand years ago by Heron of Alexandria.
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