Emanuel Goldberg and His Knowledge Machine: Information, Invention, and Political Forces
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Emanuel Goldberg and His Knowledge Machine: Information, Invention, and Political Forces

by Michael Buckland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0313313326

ISBN-13: 9780313313325

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

This book tells the story of Emanuel Goldberg, a chemist, inventor, and industrialist who contributed to almost every aspect of imaging technology in the first half of the 20th century. Despite his accomplishments, history has not been kind to Goldberg, a name all but erased from the annals of information science. An incredible story emerges as Michael Buckland

Overview

This book tells the story of Emanuel Goldberg, a chemist, inventor, and industrialist who contributed to almost every aspect of imaging technology in the first half of the 20th century. Despite his accomplishments, history has not been kind to Goldberg, a name all but erased from the annals of information science. An incredible story emerges as Michael Buckland unearths forgotten documents and rogue citations to show that, contrary to public opinion, Goldberg created the first desktop search engine, developed microdot technology, and designed the famous Contax 35 mm camera. A fascinating and illuminating tribute to a great mind and a crucial period in the history of information science and technology.

An incredible story emerges as Buckland unearths forgotten documents and rogue citations to make the case that it was Goldberg, not Vannevar Bush, who created the first desktop search engine. Goldberg, not Professor Zapp (a figment of J. Edgar Hoover's imagination), who developed microdot technology. Goldberg, not Heinz Kueppenbender, who designed the famous Contax 35 mm camera. Buckland firmly yet engagingly gives credit where credit is due, in the process shedding light on the circumstances that led to Goldberg's obscurity. The result is an illuminating tribute to a great mind, and a fascinating investigation of a crucial period in the history of information science and technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313313325
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
New Directions in Information Management
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Origins

University Studies

Berlin

Sophie Posniak

Graphics

The Goldberg Wedge

The Great War

Ice and the Kinamo

The Goldberg Condition

Microdots

Zeiss Ikon and the Contax

Television

The 1931 Congress

The Statistical Machine

Ludwig, Killinger and Mutschmann

Paris

Palestine

Military Needs

The Microfilm Rapid Selector

Finale

After Goldberg

Goldberg in Retrospect

Appendix A: Texts in German

Appendix B: Biographical Sources

Appendix C: Goldberg Patents

Bibliography of Emanuel Goldberg's Writings

General Bibliography

Index

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