Madness in the Making: The Triumphant Rise & Untimely Fall of America's Show Inventors

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iUniverse, 2005 - Performing Arts - 420 pages
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"A fascinating history of the unexpected intersection of science, technology and show business."
-John Steele Gordon, author of Hamilton's Blessing "Once upon a time, American know-how flourished through show-how: spectacular demonstrations by ever resourceful technological entrepreneurs. David Lindsay brings back these glorious (and sometimes infamous) theatricals in a delightful, witty, narrative with a serious point: the American inventor, now relegated to endless rehearsals, needs to resume a rightful place on the national center stage. For admirers and critics of technology and for veteran and inspiring inventors, Madness in the Making will give pleasure and inspire debate."
-Edward Tenner. Author of Why Things Bite Back
 

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Contents

A Time Machine in a Briefcase
1
CARNIVAL APPROACHES
7
Rumors of Lightning
9
A Passion for Privacy
28
Cross Currents
48
The Amazing Talking Nation
69
Like a Gentleman
91
Thundering Caravans
110
How the Golden Age Was Made
164
Escape from Menlo Park
186
Anatomical Museums
208
The Birth of the Grid
225
Centurys End
250
CARNIVAL CONTROLLED 14 A New Universe
269
Killing the Volunteers
290
Temporary Loss of Memoray
314

The Star System
130
CARNIVAL UNBOUND 8 A Big Bang
141
The Corporate Show
335
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David Lindsay is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne, and an expert in copyright, privacy and Internet law.

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