From the flashes of genius to the hard-won discoveries after many years of trial and error, this enlightening series explores the stories behind many of the inventions we take for granted today. Sparks of Invention tells the incredible stories of luck, grit and genius behind the inventions and inventors that have shaped our world. Inventions that began as just the speck of an idea scribbled on a napkin, a sudden glimpse of the future – the first toothbrush, running shoes, dynamite, the folding baby buggy – and went on to change the way we live, turning many of their makers into millionaires.
But innovation doesn’t have to come with a lab coat: many game-changing breakthroughs were made on kitchen tables and workbenches. Just as often, they were the result of dogged determination, grinding away at a problem until it finally yielded.
Get ready for the ultimate journey of discovery as this series blends history, science and fascinating story telling to offer an enthralling insight into the motivations, efforts and pure genius of the men and women who have influenced the modern world with their brilliant ideas.
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