Whether it's the stitches that hold our clothes together or the syringes that deliver life-saving vaccines, small things really do make a big difference. Yet these modest but essential components of everyday life are often overlooked.
Science and comedy writer Helen Pilcher shares the unexpected stories of 50 humble innovations – from the accidental soldering of two bits of metal that created the pacemaker, to the eighteenth-century sea captain whose ingenious invention paved the way for the filming of Star Wars – and celebrates the joy of the small yet mighty.
Small inventions can tell the greatest of tales! This is a fascinating look at small, seldom-noticed and apparently insignificant objects and inventions that have changed the world.
About the Author
Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science and comedy writer with a PhD in Neuroscience. Her recent popular science book, Life Changing - How Humans are Altering Life on Earth, was shortlisted for the 2020 Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation. Her debut book, Bring Back the King: the New Science of De-extinction, was selected as a BBC Radio 2 Fact Not Fiction Book Choice. It was described by comedian Sara Pascoe as 'science at its funniest'.