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An eloquent call to re-energize science and technology. Brilliantly synthesizes current science, exposing America's economic meltdown as scientific failure. Explains nanotechnology, knowledge economy, maglev, AI, biotechnology, the Internet as crucial to prosperity. Reveals how America was made hostage to energy cartels, bailout-seekers, obsolete technology. Johns Hopkins’ technology expert Aris Melissaratos formerly led a multibillion-dollar high-tech firm. N.J. Slabbert is an honored scholar and former Reader's...
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An eloquent call to re-energize science and technology. Brilliantly synthesizes current science, exposing America's economic meltdown as scientific failure. Explains nanotechnology, knowledge economy, maglev, AI, biotechnology, the Internet as crucial to prosperity. Reveals how America was made hostage to energy cartels, bailout-seekers, obsolete technology. Johns Hopkins’ technology expert Aris Melissaratos formerly led a multibillion-dollar high-tech firm. N.J. Slabbert is an honored scholar and former Reader's Digest senior editor. Showing how America “lost its technological nerve”, they argue that "returning to the technology standard" can build a vibrant civilization. “Powerful … delightfully easy reading … recommended for those who need to understand the intricacies of technology and innovation in the 21st Century… a very strong contribution to our understanding of the global economy.” Rita Colwell, PhD, DSc, US NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE LAUREATE, DIRECTOR, US NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION 1998-2004, former PRESIDENT, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE 1996. “Could not have come at a better time." J.Gansler, former US UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE. "Essential reading." G.Decker, former SCIENCE ADVISOR TO US DEFENSE SEC. "There is only one way out of the country's economic, environmental and energy mess and it is described with rare clarity in this book." MANUFACTURING & TECHNOLOGY NEWS. "Excitingly signposts the way out of America's crisis of confidence. All business, government and educational leaders will benefit from this timely, nationally and internationally relevant work." Emily DeRocco, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL CENTER FOR AMERICAN WORKFORCE, former US Assist.Sec. of Labor. "Superb" P.N. Yiannos, PhD, HELLENIC NEWS OF AMERICA.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780982373408
  • Publisher: Montagu House
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2009

    How to make America great again

    If you care about what's happening in america today, read this. it spells out how we went from being the world's most dynamic country to the present sad state of economic crisis. simply put, we have lost our sense of scientific wonder and our inventive ingenuity. melissaratos and slabbert prescribe ten steps to make america great again and its hard to believe that if washintgon follows them we will not recover from our present mess. it remains to be seen whether the politicians will listen, bhecause the answers require us to become a scientific country, and do politicians care about science? if they really want to get results they need not look further than this book. the weirdest thing of all is that what these authors recommend is really just common sense. why isn't anyone doing it? a book to make you upbeat about what it possible to us but cynical about whether washington politicos really care about anything but votes.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

    A masterpiece of science writing

    This beautifully written, powerfully human book can be read for the sheer pleasure of its smooth, luminously clear prose even if you are not even slightly interested in how science and invention can put America back to work. Its effectiveness as a work of literature comes from both its graceful style and its extraordinary cultural range. How many books about invention and the economy can you think of which insightfully discuss what comic books, movies and science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury tell us about the state of science in America? A remarkably readable synthesis that explains the scientific and technological forces that shaped today's world. Startling ideas, oddball characters and bizarre facts abound on every page. Because the authors explain virtually every major field of current science in its historical context, the book has an epic narrative sweep, so that you feel you are reading a novel rather than a work of science, philosophy and ideas. Aris Melissaratos and N.J. Slabbert have created an instant classic that you will read and-reread. For all age groups from the teenage years up, this is the science book you wish you had found years ago. If you thought you couldn't understand science or found it boring, or if you've wondered what nenotechnology is or how it or the Internet or space exploration relate to the history of philosophy or the American economy, this charming, ceaselessly stimulating adventure of intelligence and the human spirit will open your eyes; in fact it will change your concept of America and perhaps of the universe. Its optimism is marvelous; it shows convincingly that we humans have an infinite number of reasons to be happy about the species we are. I wish it had an index, though.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

    WELL-INFORMED, VISIONARY --former US Senator Paul Sarbanes.

    A succinct, well-informed analysis of the potential which technological innovation combined with sound public policy holds for the future of our nation and world . a challenge to government, business, academia. A prudent yet visionary rallying call for all who believe that American leadership can help achieve a more prosperous and stable 21st century. A most timely book in an era of rapid change. - Paul. S. Sarbanes, United States Senator 1977-2007

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    A compelling case for the US to reclaim leadership -- T.J.Donohue, CEO, US Chamber of Commerce

    "The authors make a compelling case that America MUST reclaim its leadership in science and technology--and that we'd better get moving before it's too late!
    Thomas J. Donohue
    President and CEO
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    POWERFUL, DELIGHTFUL. - RITA COLWELL, National Medal of Science laureate

    A very strong contribution to our understanding of the global economy and the role of technology in the 21st Century. Aris Melissaratos and N. J. Slabbert have produced a powerful book that documents technology and innovation contributions to the economic success of the United States and society, in general. The recipe for beginning technological leadership is provided in their delightfully easy reading in which they treat nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other important technologies of the 21st Century. Risk associated with technological development is especially well documented. This book is a recommended reading for those who need to understand the intricacies of technology and innovation in the 21 st Century. -- Dr. Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D., D.Sc., US National Medal of Science laureate 2006, Director of the US National Science Foundation 1998-2004, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 1996, former President of both the American Society for Microbiology and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, current Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland's Center for Bio Informatics and Computational Biology and Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    a 'eureka!' read

    Best feature of this book is that Melissaratos and Slabbert give you a totally fascinating guided tour of how science actually works and how seemingly disconnected fields of science fit together so that you finally understand the big picture -- Eureka! You don't have to be a policy wonk or a philosopher to appreciate and enjoy the ride. Read it just for the fun of it and just consider the education you get along the way a bonus.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    A highly readable and intriguing new view of capitalism

    Although this book is ostensibly about technological innovation, its deeper theme is an economic idea, which takes the form of a quite original critique of capitalism as it is usually seen. N.J. Slabbert and Aris Melissaratos argue that unregulated trade does not by itself result in innovation -- it can in fact result in efforts to perpetuate obsolete technologies and infrastructures, and in what the authors call 'bloated corporate bureaucracies' that obstruct innovation rather than encourage it. This is an intriguing slant on how business works in America and it strikes a chord with today's America, with its failed auto makers, banks and other giant companies who have gone to the government cap in hand for bailout money. Should Obama be bailing out the old companies or should he be spending taxpayers' dollars on launching new infrastructure and new technology ventures? An interesting question, made more interesting by the book's account of the rise of technology -- the authors tell it as a story of repeated government or quasi-government interventions which popular history and folklore has transformed into a myth of rugged entrepreneurs. This is a stimulating new take on capitalism that should trigger productive thought among many people who have taken for granted the traditional teachings of 'capitalism as the mother of invention'.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    PRESIDENT OBAMA - PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!

    This is a must-read for anybody who cares about America's future. Somebody, please please make it required reading in the White House! N.J. Slabbert and Aris Melissaratos explain what has gone wrong in America's economy, astutely tracing the causes of our current economic and environmental woes to a root cause: the country's "lost technological nerve". In enthralling pages of history that should be made into a movie they show how innovative technology made America great and then, in the second half of the twentieth century, steadily receded from American leadership despite mass-culture fictions about the US being a high-tech nation. Blasting anti-science and anti-technology elements in American culture, the authors argue for a massive program of new technological development rather than for steps to prop up our obsolete infrastructures and bloated companies the way the Obama Administration so far seems bent on doing. The authors are masters of narrative -- this is no dry textbook but a page-turning drama of ideas that absorbs you with telling anecdotes and pulls you into the worlds of atomic science, robotics, maglev transportation and nanotechnology. There are mini-summaries of some of the most important players on the technology field and an amusing but persuasive critique of the scientifically ignorant people (including such disparate figures as Jane Fonda and Marshall McLuhan) who have set themselves as America's guides to things technological. A witty, amazing and mind-bending read that opens the reader's eyes to the extraordinary things technology can achieve for us if we unfetter it. Highly recommended.

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