Great Feuds in Technology: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

Great Feuds in Technology: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

by Hal Hellman

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Great Feuds in Technology: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever by Hal Hellman

If someone were to ask you who invented the miner's safety lamp, you'd probably have no trouble answering "I don't know." But what about the telegraph? The automobile? The airplane? Television? Conflicting claims over the answers to these questions have led to some of the longest and most bitter battles in the history of technology. Great Feuds in Technology takes a close look at each of these celebrated disputes and reveals that the answers are far more complex, entertaining, and enlightening than you might ever imagine. In this book, you'll discover how the use of new technologies sparked years of violence among the Luddites in nineteenth-century England; why Thomas Edison lost the biggest battle of his career -- which may explain why we have regional blackouts today; and how one small, rude, and brilliant admiral flogged the United States Navy into creating, first, nuclear submarines, and later an entire nuclear fleet. You'll also learn the true story behind the race to map the human genome and meet the man who has spent most of his adult life fighting the commercial use of genetically modified organisms.

Great Feuds in Technology features lively accounts of unusual personalities and their heated battles, as well as wonderfully clear descriptions of the technologies in question, how they were developed, and how they changed the world. These lively, informative, and fair-minded accounts also reveal how these disputes have shaped the way technology is used, how patents are granted and administered, and how new technologies have affected the economy, work and social life, politics, and more. Complete with a thoughtful analysis of recent developments in the anti-technology movement and their impact on our social and technological future, Great Feuds in Technology offers lively, informative, and enlightening reading, whether you're a technophile, a technophobe, a history and biography enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys a good fight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756799564
Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

HAL HELLMAN is the author of Great Feuds in Science and Great Feuds in Medicine, and numerous other books. He has published articles in the New York Times, Omni, Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, and Geo. He has taught science writing at New York University and has been a writing instructor at Fordham and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities.

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