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The innovative ancients

Plato's Alarm Clock, fascinating and easy to read, ends on a sobering note

Plato's alarm clock
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Plato’s Alarm Clock And Other Amazing Ancient Inventions   James M Russell  Hachette India 192 pages; Rs 399 In Plato’s Alarm Clock, James M Russell describes hundreds of ancient devices, inventions and breakthroughs from around the world and across the centuries. He has attempted to provide a glimpse into past eras that he says were far more technologically complex than we realise. The inventions are grouped into six categories — everyday life, mechanical and industrial technology, breakthroughs that remain mysteries to this ...