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American genesis : a century of invention and technological enthusiasm, 1870-1970

Thomas P. Hughes.
  • Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • xxxii, 529 pages : illustrations; 23 cm.
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Summary
  • "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."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • Introduction : the technological torrent
  • 1. gigantic tidal wave of human ingenuity
  • 2. Choosing and solving problems
  • 3. Brain mill for the military
  • 4. No philanthropic asylum for indigent scientists
  • 5. system must be first
  • 6. Taylorismus + fordismus = Amerikanismus
  • 7. second discovery of America
  • 8. Tennessee valley and Manhattan engineer district
  • 9. Counterculture and momentum.
Other information
  • Originally published: New York : Viking, 1989.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 473-513) and index.
ISBN
  • 0226359271 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • 9780226359274 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2003067221
  • OCLC: 53469589
  • OCLC: 53469589