About World Book Inventions and Discoveries

Investigate some of the amazing inventions and discoveries that have changed the world on this interactive site. Aimed at school students.

Use at a library or enter your library card & password/PIN

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Key features

This World Book Digital Library resource allows you to explore the impact of inventions and discoveries that continue to shape our world today. It includes:

  • Easy to read content;
  • Video tutorials, animations and interactive activities and maps;
  • English text-to-speech feature which allows users to hear text read aloud;
  • Article citations — so you can source material in your homework;
  • Printable materials for classrooms;
  • A "My Research" page which allows users to save any information from their search results. Results can also be emailed and printed.

More information

Inventions and Discoveries includes an examination of advances in agriculture, engineering, communications, economics, manufacturing, the arts, astronomy, transportation, warfare, medicine, mathematics, and everyday items.

Inventions and Discoveries is part of the World Book Web family. It is a stand alone supplement to information found in World Book Online Kids and World Book Online Info Finder.

We also have some pages about inventors and their inventions.