Connections
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Connections

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by James Burke
     
 

  • 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

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Overview

  • 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743299558
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
99,933
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Acknowledgements
Introduction
1The Trigger Effect1
2The Road from Alexandria15
3Distant Voices45
4Faith in Numbers81
5The Wheel of Fortune115
6Fuel to the Flame153
7The Long Chain185
8Eat, Drink and Be Merry215
9Lighting the Way249
10Inventing the Future287
Further Reading296
Index299

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