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The Knowledge Web: From Electronic Agents to Stonehenge and Back -- And Other Journeys Through Knowledge

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In The Knowledge Web, James Burke, the bestselling author and host of television's Connections series, takes us on a fascinating tour through the interlocking threads of knowledge running through Western history. Displaying mesmerizing flights of fancy, he shows how seemingly unrelated ideas and innovations bounce off one another, spinning a vast, interactive web on which everything is connected to everything else: Carmen leads to the theory of relativity, champagne bottling links to wallpaper design, Joan of Arc connects through vaudeville to Buffalo Bill.

Illustrating his open, connective theme in the form of a journey across the web, Burke breaks down complex concepts, offering information in a manner accessible to anybody — high school graduates and Ph.D. holders alike. The journey touches more than one hundred interlinked points in the history of knowledge, ultimately ending where it began. Gateways, set at various points in the narrative, allow readers to jump through literary hyperspace to other different but related concepts throughout the book.

At once amusing and instructing, The Knowledge Web heightens our awareness of our interdependence — with one another and with the past. Taking Burke's webbed approach to knowledge is one way that we can manage our information overload as we approach the ever-more-complex world that awaits us in the twenty-first century. Only by understanding the interrelated nature of the modern world can we hope to identify complex patterns of change and direct the process of innovation to the common good.

About the Author

James Burke's books include the bestselling Connections and The Day the Universe Changed. He contributes a monthly column to Scientific American and serves as director, writer and host of the television series Connections 3, which airs on the Learning Channel. He lives in England, France and airplanes.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
How to Use This Book

1 Feedback
2 What's in a Name?
3 Drop the Apple
4 An Invisible Object
5 Life Is No Picnic
6 Elementary Stuff
7 A Special Place
8 Fire from the Sky
9 Hit the Water
10 In Touch
Bibliography
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684859347
Subtitle:
From Electronic Agents to Stonehenge and Back -- And Other Journeys Through Knowledge
Author:
Burke, James
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
General science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
World wide web (information retrieval system)
Subject:
Technology -- History.
Subject:
General Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Publication Date:
19990609
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.56x6.41x1.05 in. 1.11 lbs.

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