How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smaller, Smarter, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier and HappierBook - 2017
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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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