How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smaller, Smarter, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier and HappierBook - 2017
To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, Governor General David Johnston and Tom Jenkins have crafted a richly illustrated volume of brilliant Canadian innovations whose widespread adoption has made the world a better place. From Bovril to BlackBerrys, lightbulbs to liquid helium, peanut butter to Pablum, this is a surprising and incredibly varied collection to make Canadians proud, and to our unique entrepreneurial spirit.
Successful innovation is always inspired by at least one of three forces -- insight, necessity, and simple luck. Ingenious moves through history to explore what circumstances, incidents, coincidences, and collaborations motivated each great Canadian idea, and what twist of fate then brought that idea into public acceptance. Above all, the book explores what goes on in the mind of an innovator, and maps the incredible spectrum of personalities that have struggled to improve the lot of their neighbours, their fellow citizens, and their species.
From the marvels of aboriginal invention such as the canoe, snowshoe, igloo, dogsled, lifejacket, and bunk bed to the latest pioneering advances in medicine, education, philanthropy, science, engineering, community development, business, the arts, and the media, Canadians have improvised and collaborated their way to international admiration. Ingenious tells you why they did it and how they made the world a better place.
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Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier and Happier by Governor General David Johnston and Tom Jenkins, 232 pages.
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The title of this book, written to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, is entirely accurate: inventions and innovations developed by Canadians truly have made the world a better place, changing the ways in which we live, work, travel, communicate and play.
Consider the world of medicine. The world is significantly healthier thanks to the meningitis vaccine, the pacemaker, insulin, the microsurgical staple gun, the prosthetic hand, telesurgery, the “HIV cocktail” and many other Canadian innovations.
Canadian innovations in transportation and communications that have helped to make the world smaller include the canoe, kayak, dogsled, snowmobile, ski-doo, air ambulance, telephone, radio voice transmission, walkie-talkie and the digital telephone switch.
Happier? There’s no doubt that maple syrup, butter tarts, poutine, peanut butter, McIntosh apples, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, vehicle air conditioning, electric wheelchairs and life jackets have all increased global happiness.
Even nuclear physics, liquid helium, the concept of a shared currency (such as the Euro), the zipper, Superman and the Wonderbra originated in Canada!
The many contributions of Canada’s indigenous people are acknowledged, and advice for future innovators is sprinkled throughout this timely, comprehensive book.
** Recommended for ages 8 years and up, including adults.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.
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