Whether motivated by necessity or curiosity, humans have an innate ability to take items and ideas from their surroundings and conceptualize new uses for them. This ability to create, innovate, and invent new tools is the key to our survival. The History of Invention set offers readers the complete story of the progress of human technology, from prehistoric times to the present. Starting with the earliest days of invention, the set explores how breakthrough built upon breakthrough to produce tools and innovations that changed the world forever, from the first clothes to the latest computers. With a mix of scientific reasoning and history, this set tells the stories of the key innovators and inventions that changed our world. With simple explanations, diagrams, and photographs, it brings technology - past, present, and future - to life. Presenting accessible coverage and an easy-to-follow format, the History of Invention set is divided into eight attractively illustrated volumes. Each volume covers one broad theme in the history of technology and is organized into chronological chapters by topic. Showing readers how technology advances in steps, with major developments coming from the fruits of progress from previous generations, each chapter highlights a particular type of invention. The historical narrative blends with a fascinating collection of scientific facts and is sure to pique students' interests in science and technology, giving them a thorough understanding of the history of human technical innovation.