American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 12, 2004 - History - 529 pages
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The book that helped earn Thomas P. Hughes his reputation as one of the foremost historians of technology of our age and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990, American Genesis tells the sweeping story of America's technological revolution. Unlike other histories of technology, which focus on particular inventions like the light bulb or the automobile, American Genesis makes these inventions characters in a broad chronicle, both shaped by and shaping a culture. By weaving scientific and technological advancement into other cultural trends, Hughes demonstrates here the myriad ways in which the two are inexorably linked, and in a new preface, he recounts his earlier missteps in predicting the future of technology and follows its move into the information age.
  

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This history of technology, covering a century of remarkable activity, starts off with the independent inventors--Edison, Bell, Sperry, and the Wrights. The author delves into their motivations and ... Read full review

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A. Summary: During the 1870s heroic inventors such as Thomas Edison and Alexander Bell ushered in an era of invention that was to be taken over by the industrial research laboratories after the turn ... Read full review

Contents

A GIGANTIC TIDAL WAVE OF HUMAN INGENUITY
13
CHOOSING AND SOLVING PROBLEMS
53
BRAIN FOR THE MILITARY
96
NO PHILANTHROPIC ASYLUM FOR INDIGENT SCIENTISTS
138
THE SYSTEM MUST BE FIRST
184
TAYLORISMUS +FORDISMUS AMERIKANISMUS
249
THE SECOND DISCOVERY OF AMERICA
295
TENNESSEE VALLEY AND MANHATTEN ENGINEER DISTRICT
353
COUNTERCULTURE AND MOMENTUM
443
NOTES
473
INDEX
514
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Thomas P. Hughes is the Professor Emeritus in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a member of the American Philosophical doctorates from Northwestern University and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology. A member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, he is the editor of seven books and author of four, including American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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