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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In 1903 the Wright brothers airplane travelled a couple of hundred yards. Today fleets of streamlined jets transport millions of people each day to cities worldwide. Between discovery and application, between invention and widespread use, there is a world of innovation, of tinkering, improvement and adaptation. This is the world David Mowery and Nathan Rosenberg map out in Paths of Innovation, a tour of the intersecting routes of technological change. Throughout their book, Mowery and Rosenberg demonstrate that the simultaneous emergence of new engineering and applied science disciplines in the universities, in tandem with growth in the Research and Development industry and scientific research, has been a primary factor in the rapid rate of technological change. Innovation and incentives to develop new, viable processes have led to the creation of new economic resources - which will determine the future of technological innovation and economic growth.
 

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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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