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mobi õ Connections õ Hardcover read Ê Award winning book and PBS Television series deals with the development of technologies and the connections of discoveries Recently reprinted in paperback this hardcover original edition is nicely printed with color and bw photos and drawings Always a favorite bookAl edition is nicely printed with color and bw photos and drawings Always a favorite boo I’ve been burned twice by reading “How We Got to Now” by Steven Johnson First I just didn’t like that book Second it led me to this book by way of some goodreads reviews which was even worseThe book is way too sweeping in its historical retellings and the scientific descriptions are densely mind numbing Here’s an example which is representative of much of the book“On this new loom the threads were stretched horizontally on a frame Two horizontal boards above the frame each supported two horizontal boards with holes in them Through the holes in one board passed the even numbered threads of the warp while the odd numbered threads passed through holes in the other These boards were lifted alternately by the use of foot pedals attached to the overhead supporting boards All the weaver had to do in order to pass the weft thread through the alternate warp threads was to press down on the pedals and the threads would lift leaving a gap through which the weft thread could be thrown attached to a shuttle On the return journey the alternate threads would be lifted and so on The swordbeater for packing the warp now came in the form a permanently attached comb like device pulled back towards the weaver whenever necessary” There are many illustrations which are very helpful but way too much of this type of writing

doc ï Connections ☆ James Burke

And the connections of discoveries Recently reprinted in paperback this hardcover origin I first became a fan of James Burke back in the 70's when I was in high school and was exposed to a few of his Connections documentaries on PBS But then I promptly forgot all about him until last year when I was paging through my Netflix recommendations and realized the entire series was available My wife and I watched them all and I was so intrigued that I went ahead and bought this book for my libraryI've long been fascinated with history in general and inventions in particular so I suppose the material in this book was bound to be of interest Just as in the TV series Mr Burke does an amazing job of tying in all of the steps planned or accidental that lead from one innovation centuries ago all the way to our modern day conveniences Tracing the modern ballistic missile back to the development of cannon balls or the cell phone to medieval church postal services or the atomic bomb back to the stirrup is fascinating stuff But the author delves deeper than that into the very nature of how change occurs and how change effects society itself What most amazes me I think is the way so much of what we take for granted today is the result of so many tiny innovations having taken place across the globe seemingly unrelated to one another Of course we all know how accidents lead to inventions but to actually follow the path makes for a fun time It also opens one's eyes to see just how dependent we are on the state of technology todayIn addition it was extremely helpful to my understanding to see all of the pictures diagrams maps etc that accompany the text in this book If you've seen the TV show then many of the topics presented here will be an updated review But the 'connections' are so numerous and overlapping that I doubt you'll be boredHighly recommended

James Burke ☆ Connections ebook

ConnectionsAward winning book and PBS Television series deals with the development of technologies This book is a very vast overview of the history of science and technology At the core though is the author's philosophy that scientific progress is made not in giant uantum leaps but by a fine network of interconnected incremental breakthroughs that lead to each other in unexpected ways What's interesting is that this network spans not only the field of science but finance sociology the arts and warfareHe starts with the great blackout of 1965 From there he discusses the centrality of technology to our lives starting with the invention of the plough in ancient Egypt and how the increase in agricultural output and the freeing up of human capital led to other inventions such as granaries pottery writing systems mathematics astronomy canal building stone construction and so on The next chapter follows the same theme moving from gold refining to coinage to the spice trade to seafaring to navigation to astronomy to sail technology to timekeeping to the magnetic compass to magnetism and electricity to meteorology to the cloud chamber to radiation and finally to the atomic bomb Being originally published in the 1970s concern over nuclear winter comes up often in this book The book continues in this fashion covering a huge range of fascinating topicsIncidentally this book reminds me of Sid Meier's classic game Civilization which I used to love to play and the tree of technologies you can make your civilization discover I was reminded of this recently by an article by Kanishk Tharoor in the magazine Kill Screen You can find the article here historical content is very similar to many of the other history of science books I've read but of course James Burke must be given credit for being one of the first to discuss the history of science in this way Besides many of the historical facts covered were actually new to me For example when he discusses artificial fertilizer I was familiar with Fritz Haber's process from Thomas Hager's excellent book Alchemy of Air A Jewish Genius a Doomed Tycoon and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World But Fueled the Rise of Hitler but Burke goes beyond that to discuss how Haber and Bosch were superseded by the discovery of calcium cyanamide by Frank and Caro I didn't know that from Hager's book Hager does mention it in passing but the impression I get was that Haber's process was the dominating technology Anyways all this goes to show that there is uite a bit of original content in this book The book's discussion on military technology was also mostly new to meThe only major weakness of this book is the author's writing style he seems to say a lot a man called instead of a man named and other such awkward phrases And he also gave me one of my all time favourite corporate gobbledygook uotes“Last but not least knowledge mapping's contextualizing capability facilitates community wide consensual innovation assessment”He would make George Orwell proud see Politics and the English LanguageOverall as good as a history of science as any that covers many obscure topics you might not otherwise find elsewhere held together by a very interesting philosophy of technological innovation and progress