By Guillermo Summers
¿Sabía usted que a John Walker le ardía los angeles cabeza de tanto pensar y que por eso inventó una cerilla a los angeles que también le ardía l. a. cabeza? ¿Sabía usted que allá por 1852 un tal Simpson (no el de l. a. tele) empezó a utilizar el cloroformo para dormir al own sin necesidad de ver l. a. tele? ¿Sabía usted que Benjamín Franklin period científico, moralista, impresor, editor, urbanista y político, pero que paradójicamente se hizo famoso por inventar tontamente el pararrayos jugando con una cometa? ¿Sabía usted que de cada a hundred inventores, 50 son l. a. mitad?
¡Bueno, pues ya lo sabe!, y si quiere aumentar sus conocimientos sobre el tema, no lo dude, hágase con este libro.
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50 inventos y la mente que los parió by Guillermo Summers