BOOK EXTRACT: No.8 Re-wired - 202 New Zealand Inventions That Changed the World
No. 8 Re-wired: 202 New Zealand Inventions That Changed the World
By Jon Bridges and David Downs
If necessity is the mother of invention then Kiwi ingenuity is its father.
No. 8 Re-wired is a comprehensive, colourful treasury of New Zealand inventions – jam-packed with the stories behind 202 home-grown creations and the crafty people who dreamt them up. From well-known innovations (human flight, the discovery of DNA, the pavlova) to lesser-known feats (instant coffee, the referee's whistle, the electronic petrol pump) to the newest in high-tech world-firsts (robots and jetpacks!), it is the most complete and entertaining book ever on Kiwi ingenuity. And, yes, the pav is definitely ours.
A surprising and absorbing account of Kiwi can-do, and a celebration of the No. 8 wire spirit on which New Zealand is built, it's also a revealing look at how innovation can power us into the future.
The book covers 202 inventions. Check out these tasters below