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The Resource How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world, Steven Johnson

How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world, Steven Johnson

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How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world
Title
How we got to now
Title remainder
six innovations that made the modern world
Statement of responsibility
Steven Johnson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes -- from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth -- How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world
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DLC
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1968-
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Johnson, Steven
Dewey number
303.48/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Technology
  • Inventions
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Inventions
  • SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / General
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How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world, Steven Johnson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Robot historians and the hummingbird's wing -- Glass -- Cold -- Sound -- Clean -- Time -- Light -- Conclusion: The time travelers
Control code
ocn879851784
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9781594632969
Lccn
2014018412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
  • 1163461
  • (Sirsi) o879851784
  • (OCoLC)879851784
Label
How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world, Steven Johnson
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Robot historians and the hummingbird's wing -- Glass -- Cold -- Sound -- Clean -- Time -- Light -- Conclusion: The time travelers
Control code
ocn879851784
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9781594632969
Lccn
2014018412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
  • 1163461
  • (Sirsi) o879851784
  • (OCoLC)879851784

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