Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Excellent hard-sf story (and outstanding first novel) about early man and space travel. Great cover blurb - "The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn't know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50,000 years old..." Select an invention:

Briefcase Computer - early reference

Flexible Sprung Boots

Trimagniscope - see inside any object

 

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