Paths of Innovation: Technological Change in 20th-Century America / Edition 1

Paths of Innovation: Technological Change in 20th-Century America / Edition 1

by David C. Mowery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521646537

ISBN-13: 9780521646536

Pub. Date: 12/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The first digital electronic computer, the ENIAC, was over 100 feet long, with 18,000 simultaneously functioning vacuum tubes. Now virtually every business and home in America has its own compact PC. In 1903 the Wright brothers' airplane, held together with baling wire and glue, traveled a couple hundred yards. Today fleets of streamlined jets transport millions of…  See more details below

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The first digital electronic computer, the ENIAC, was over 100 feet long, with 18,000 simultaneously functioning vacuum tubes. Now virtually every business and home in America has its own compact PC. In 1903 the Wright brothers' airplane, held together with baling wire and glue, traveled a couple hundred yards. Today fleets of streamlined jets transport millions of people per day to cities worldwide. Between discovery and application, between invention and widespread use, there is a world of innovation, of tinkering and improvements and adaptations. This is the world David Mowery and Nathan Rosenberg map out in Paths of Innovation, a tour of the intersecting routes of the technological.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521646536
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The organization and institutionalization of innovation, 1900–1940; 3. The internal combustion engine; 4. Chemicals; 5. Electric power; 6 The electronics revolution, 1947–1990; 8. Concluding observations.

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