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

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

by Michael Buckland
     
 

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

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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.

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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

1Origins1
2University studies9
3Berlin21
4Sophie Posniak29
5Graphics37
6The Goldberg wedge53
7The Great War69
8Ica and the Kinamo81
9The Goldberg condition99
10Microdots105
11Zeiss Ikon and the Contax119
12Television133
13The 1931 Congress141
14The statistical machine147
15Ludwig, Killinger, and Mutschmann165
16Paris179
17Palestine189
18Military needs207
19The microfilm rapid selector217
20Finale229
21After Goldberg237
22Goldberg in retrospect249

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