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Invention: A Life is James Dyson’s story, illustrated by many failures but defined by the products and core technologies he has developed. It is not a book about business, rather the importance of education, mentorship, and self-reliance, and the critical importance to society of engineers and scientists. It explores his constant desire to learn, fearlessness to step into the unknown, and an unflagging spirit of entrepreneurialism. Ultimately, it is a celebration of the role that young minds play in solving the world’s biggest problems, regardless of experience. Explore James Dyson’s story through his book, of which all proceeds he receives will be donated to charities chosen by Dyson people, and through the accompanying, interactive portal below.

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    Chapter One

    Growing up
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    Chapter Two

    Art School
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    Chapter Three

    Sea Truck
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    Chapter Four

    The Ballbarrow
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    Chapter Five

    The Coach House
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    Chapter Six

    DC01
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    Chapter Seven

    Core Technologies
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    Chapter Eight

    Going Global
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    Chapter Nine

    The Car
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    Chapter Ten

    Farming
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    Chapter Eleven

    Education
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    Chapter Twelve

    Making the Future

James Dyson, Invention: A Life