Science, Technology and the British Industrial 'Decline', 1870-1970

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This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the history of British science and technology in relation to economic performance. Using a wealth of previously unknown statistical data, David Edgerton draws new and controversial conclusions about British innovation and technical training since 1870, and provides a unique guide to the debates around the subject. This book will be of interest to economic historians and political scientists, as well as scientists and engineers, and will be invaluable to students approaching the subject for the first time.
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'… gratifying to be able to recommend this work as a model of structured presentation, with a pleasing sense of irony which makes it a very good read. Every member should have one in their Christmas stocking.' Alan Smith, The Newcomen Bulletin

'… this book will be of considerable value to students and teachers alike, serving as an authoritative reference work and an accessible course reader.' Journal of Industrial History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521577786
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: New Studies in Economic and Social History Series, #29
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Acknowledgements; Note on references; 1. Introduction; 2. Use of technique and technical and scientific training; 3. Industrial invention, innovation, and research and development; 4. State funding of research and development; 5. British technology in comparative perspective; 6. Conclusions; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
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