during this richly illustrated portrait, a prize-winning biographer surveys the complete sweep of William Blake’s inventive paintings whereas telling the tale of his lifestyles
Tracing the lengthy pre-history of 5 twentieth-century innovations that have reworked our lives, Gavin Weightman finds an exquisite solid of scientists and encouraged amateurs whose ingenuity has given us the aircraft, tv, bar code, pc, and cellphone. no longer this kind of innovations will be attributed to a lone genius who stories a second of concept. approximately all concepts exist within the mind's eye ahead of they're ultimately made to paintings by means of the tough graft of inventors who draw at the discoveries of others.
whereas the discoveries of scientists have supplied important wisdom which has made innovation attainable, it's a revelation of Weightman’s learn that it really is in general the novice who enjoys the “eureka second” whilst an invention works for the 1st time. choked with attention-grabbing tales of fight, competition, and the ingenuity of either well-known inventors and 1000s of forgotten humans, Weightman’s eye-catching paintings is a triumph of storytelling that gives a clean tackle the making of our smooth world.