Paths of Innovation: Technological Change in 20th-Century America

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 1999 - Business & Economics - 214 pages
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The first digital electronic computer, the ENIAC, was over 100 feet long, with 18,000 simultaneously functioning vacuum tubes. Now virtually every business and home in America has its own compact PC. In 1903 the Wright brothers' airplane, held together with baling wire and glue, traveled a couple hundred yards. Today fleets of streamlined jets transport millions of people per day to cities worldwide. Between discovery and application, between invention and widespread use, there is a world of innovation, of tinkering and improvements and adaptations. This is the world David Mowery and Nathan Rosenberg map out in Paths of Innovation, a tour of the intersecting routes of the technological.
  

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This small volume details the laborious, painstaking ways in which technological innovation occurs in America, focusing on the development of four giants: the internal combustion engine, chemicals ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Institutionalization of Innovation 190090
11
The Internal Combustion Engine
47
Chemicals
71
Electric Power
103
The Electronics Revolution 194790
123
Concluding Observations
167
Bibliography
181
Index
201
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Rosenberg-Stanford Univ. Stanford, California

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