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Circles: Fifty Round Trips Through History Technology Science Culture

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Publisher Comments:

From the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;The Knowledge Webandlt;/Iandgt; come fifty mesmerizing journeys into the history of technology, each following a chain of consequential events that ends precisely where it began. Whether exploring electromagnetic fields, the origin of hot chocolate, or DNA fingerprinting, these essays all illustrate the surprisingly circular nature of change. andlt;BRandgt; In "Room with (Half) a View," for instance, Burke muses about the partly obscured railway bridge outside his home on the Thames, a musing which sets off a chain of thought that leads from the bridge's engineer to Samuel Morse, to firearms inventor Sam Colt, and finally to a trombonist named Gustav Holst, who once lived in the very house that blocks Burke's view. andlt;BRandgt; So it goes with Burke's entertaining and informative essays as each one highlights the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated events and innovations. Romantic poetry leads to brandy distillation; tonic water connects through Leibniz to the first explorers to reach the North Pole. This unique collection is sure to stimulate and delight history buffs, technophiles, and anyone else with a healthy intellectual curiosity.

Synopsis:

In Circles, bestselling author James Burke takes us on fifty surprising journeys through the history of technology, each following a chain of consequential events that ends precisely where it began. Burke delights in illustrating the serendipitous nature of change and the chance development of technology. For example, the dish he washes under a pressurized faucet inspires him to remember the invention of hydraulic rams in revolutionary France. From there he is off on a whirlwind tour, packed with intellectual and technological tidbits, that highlight the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated events in history, conveying information in a compelling and accessible manner. Circles will be published in paperback alongside James Burke's latest book, Twin Tracks, a new and bizarre look at the history of modern technology.

About the Author

James Burke's books include Twin Tracks, 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

Foreword

1. A BIT OF A FLUTTER

2. SATISFIED CUSTOMERS

3. FOLIES DE GRANDEUR

4. A LOT OF BALONEY

5. IMPRESSIONS

6. MAKING YOUR MARK

7. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

8. SWEET DREAMS

9. WAVING THE FLAG

10. THE SILK CIRCUIT

11. OUT OF GAS

12. ORDINARY BUFFOONS

13. BREAKFAST THOUGHTS

14. STONES AND BONES

15. IS THIS ESSAY NOTICEABLY DIFFERENT?

16. SHOWTIME

17. COOL STUFF

18. REVOLUTIONARY MATTERS

19. DON'T FORGET THIS ONE

20. TAKE TWO ACRONYMS

21. THE BUCK STARTS HERE

22. HEALTHY BLOOMS

23. AND NOW THE WEATHER

24. ON TRACK

25. IS THERE ANYBODY THERE?

26. TURKISH DELIGHT

27. SHEER POETRY

28. LUCKY HE MISSED

29. CHEERS

30. WHAT'S IN A NAME?

31. FEATHERED FRIENDS

32. SCRIBBLE, SCRIBBLE

33. HEAVY STUFF

34. TICK TOCK

35. REBELLIOUS AFFAIRS

36. LOCAL COLOR

37. DOES THIS TAKE YOU BACK?

38. OOPS

39. TEA, ANYONE?

40. A LIGHT LITTLE NUMBER

41. LEND ME YOUR EAR

42. ENTENTE CORDIALE

43. ZZZZZZZ

44. A FEW NOTES

45. SOUND IDEAS

46. OR MAYBE NOT

47. A MATTER OF DEGREE

48. ROOM WITH (HALF) A VIEW

49. VARIOUS, UNREQUITED

50. THE O ZONE

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743249768
Author:
Burke, James
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Technology -- History.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 b/w line drawings as chap openers
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.065 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In Circles, bestselling author James Burke takes us on fifty surprising journeys through the history of technology, each following a chain of consequential events that ends precisely where it began. Burke delights in illustrating the serendipitous nature of change and the chance development of technology. For example, the dish he washes under a pressurized faucet inspires him to remember the invention of hydraulic rams in revolutionary France. From there he is off on a whirlwind tour, packed with intellectual and technological tidbits, that highlight the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated events in history, conveying information in a compelling and accessible manner. Circles will be published in paperback alongside James Burke's latest book, Twin Tracks, a new and bizarre look at the history of modern technology.
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