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Paths of Innovation

Paths of Innovation
Technological Change in 20th-Century America

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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646536

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  • The first digital electronic computer, the ENIAC, was over 100 feet long, with 18,000 simultaneously functioning vacuum tubes. Now virtually every business and home in America has its own compact PC. In 1903 the Wright brothers' airplane, held together with baling wire and glue, traveled a couple hundred yards. Today fleets of streamlined jets transport millions of people per day to cities worldwide. Between discovery and application, between invention and widespread use, there is a world of innovation, of tinkering and improvements and adaptations. This is the world David Mowery and Nathan Rosenberg map out in Paths of Innovation, a tour of the intersecting routes of the technological.

    • Co-author Rosenberg has done three other extremely successful titles for the Press, including one with co-author Mowery
    • Completely accessible, smooth-reading history of industrial innovation in the US; no math, easy-to-understand tables and figures
    • Best placed in economic history of technology sections; could also go in business or economics sections
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    "Rosenberg and Mowery are among the nation's premier historians of technical change. They relate the sagas of four technologies--the internal combustion engine, the chemical industry, electric power, and the electronics revolution that followed the invention of the transistor in 1947--and look for patterns that repeat among the details that do not." Boston Globe

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    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646536
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The organization and institutionalization of innovation, 1900–1940
    3. The internal combustion engine
    4. Chemicals
    5. Electric power
    6 The electronics revolution, 1947–1990
    8. Concluding observations.

  • Authors

    David C. Mowery, University of California, Berkeley

    Nathan Rosenberg, Stanford University, California

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