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Twin Tracks: The Unexpected Origins of the Modern World

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Publisher Comments:

Bestselling science author James Burke, "one of the most intriguing minds in the Western World" (The Washington Post), delivers a fascinating inquiry into the makings of modern civilization. Twin Tracks is a landmark book of real-world stories that contends with the nature of change and divines as never before the unlikely origins of many aspects of contemporary life. In each of the work's twenty-five narratives, we discover how the results of an important historical event often meet again in the future. Each chapter starts with an event — like the U.S. attack on Tripoli in 1804 — and from there follows two divergent historical paths. After tracking these paths through time and space, Burke shows how they converge again in the present. Twin Tracks pinpoints the myriad ways the future is shaped, whether by love, war, accident, genius, or discovery. In the Figaro narrative, Burke's twin tracks involve the composer of the opera and the French spy from whom he stole it. Their tracks encompass, among other things, freemasonry, the War of Independence, Captain Cook, jellyfish, and Jane Austen. Ultimately, the convergence of these Figaro tracks sets up the stage for the development of Gulf War Stealth aircraft. (Really.) Wonderfully accessible and lucidly written, Twin Tracks manages to amuse and instruct.

Review:

"Burke's book requires physical effort from the reader, and this inventive impresario of science history warns that peeking ahead spoils the fun." Booklist

Review:

"One could complain that his connections are sometimes tenuous at best...but that would miss the point — the real fun is in Burke's dry wit and his sheer exuberance as he takes us through centuries of history in mere pages, only to pick a new starting point and do it all over again." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-261) and index.

About the Author

James Burke's books include Circles, Connections, The Pinball Effect, The Day the Universe Changed, and The Knowledge Web. A former columnist for Scientific American, Burke is the director, writer, and host of the television series Connections 3. He lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

How to Read This Book

1. 1804: Attack on Tripoli to Fish Sticks

2. 1760: Fake Epic to Organ Transplants

3. 1805: Battle of Trafalgar to Laser

4. 1726: Encyclopedia to Vitamins

5. 1792: Juniper Hall to Jet Aircraft

6. 1750: Smallpox to Big Bang

7. 1784: Sanskrit to Cybernetics

8. 1610: Santa Catharina to Spectroscopy

9. 1686: Political Jingle to Nylon

10. 1703: Kit-Kat Club to Sunglasses

11. 1770: Falklands War to Television

12. 1724: Stone Age Boy to Photocopier

13. 1745: Leyden Jar to Clingwrap

14. 1790: Philadelphia General Advertiser to Chemotherapy

15. 1664: Lens Grinder to Hairdressing

16. 1773: Boston Tea Party to Contact Lenses

17. 1742: Bow Street, London, to Bar Code

18. 1739: The Grand Tour to Liquid Crystal Display

19. 1795: Man in the Iron Mask to Hovercraft

20. 1673: Siege of Maastricht to Vending Machines

21. 1786: The Marriage of Figaro to Stealth Fighter

22. 1780: Edinburgh Oyster Club to DNA

23. 1770: Church Sermon to Helicopter

24. 1771: Pottery to Neon Signs

25. 1676: Theology to Skyscraper

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743226196
Subtitle:
The Unexpected Origins of the Modern World
Author:
Burke, James
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
General Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
562
Publication Date:
20030908
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.58 x 6.42 x 1 in 16.1 oz

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Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743226196 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Burke's book requires physical effort from the reader, and this inventive impresario of science history warns that peeking ahead spoils the fun."
"Review" by , "One could complain that his connections are sometimes tenuous at best...but that would miss the point — the real fun is in Burke's dry wit and his sheer exuberance as he takes us through centuries of history in mere pages, only to pick a new starting point and do it all over again."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-261) and index.
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