Engines of Our Ingenuity An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture

ISBN-10: 0195167317

ISBN-13: 9780195167313

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Lienhard
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Description: Millions of people have listened to John H. Lienhard's radio program "The Engines of Our Ingenuity." In this fascinating book, Lienhard gathers his reflections on the nature of technology, culture, and human inventiveness. The book brims with insightful observations. Lienhard writes that the history of technology is a history of us--we are the machines we create. Thus farming dramatically changed the rhythms of human life and redirected history. War seldom fuels invention--radar, jets, and the digital computer all emerged before World War II began. And the medieval Church was a driving force behind the growth of Western technology--Cistercian monasteries were virtual factories, whose water wheels cut wood, forged iron, and crushed olives. Lienhard illustrates his themes through inventors, mathematicians, and engineers--with stories of the canoe, the DC-3, the Hoover Dam, the diode, and the sewing machine. We gain new insight as to who we are, through the familiar machines and technologies that are central to our lives.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Mirrored by Our Machines
God, the Master Craftsman
Looking Inside the Inventive Mind
The Common Place
Science Marries into the Family
Industrial Revolution
Inventing America
Taking Flight
Attitudes and Technological Change
War and Other Ways to Kill People
Major Landmarks
Systems, Design, and Production
Heroic Materialism
Who Got There First
Ever-Present Dangers
Technology and Literature
Being There
Correlation of the Text with the Radio Program
Notes
Index
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