James Burke is the author of several bestselling books, including Circles, American Connections, and The Knowledge Web. He is a monthly columnist at Scientific American and also serves as director, writer, and host of the television series Connections 3 on The Learning Channel. He is the founder of the James Burke Institute for Innovation in Education, whose flagship project, the Knowledge Web, an interactive website, was recently launched. He lives in London.
Connectionsby James Burke
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Connections is a brilliant examination of the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological achievements of today.
How did the popularity of underwear in the twelfth century lead to the invention of the printing press? How did the waterwheel evolve into the computer? How did the arrival of the cannon lead eventually to the development of movies?
In this highly acclaimed and bestselling book, James Burke brilliantly examines the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological advances of today. With dazzling insight, he untangles the pattern of interconnecting events: the accidents of time, circumstance, and place that gave rise to the major inventions of the world.
Says Burke, "My purpose is to acquaint the reader with some of the forces that have caused change in the past, looking in particular at eight innovations—the computer, the production line, telecommunications, the airplane, the atomic bomb, plastics, the guided rocket, and television—which may be most influential in structuring our own futures....Each one of these is part of a family of similar devices, and is the result of a sequence of closely connected events extending from the ancient world until the present day. Each has enormous potential for humankind's benefit—or destruction."
Based on a popular TV documentary series, Connections is a fascinating scientific detective story of the inventions that changed history—and the surprising links that connect them.
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I'm going to stop loaning this book to other people because they don't want to give it back. I remember when the TV series aired on PBS, writer Ray Bradbury said that "Connections" was the best TV series ever. I agree. I later purchased the series on DVD, and received the second and third as requested gifts. I love ideas and Burke's linkages are so surprising. I don't want to even think about how many books I've ended up reading because of some surprising tidbit he includes. One of my students asked me one time that if I didn't have my husband's company to enjoy, who would I most like to spend time with? I answered "James Burke." I think my explanation was a disappointment, JB not being a rock star. He is, in a way, a rock star among lovers of ideas. Enjoy the book. It's fascinating.
This is a great read for history fans or anyone interested in how things came to be. Most people think that modern technology came about as a result of meticulously thought out and planned inventions. When in fact, they were the result of a series of flubbed attempts by people we have never heard of. Fascinating.
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