Inventing the Modern World

Inventing the Modern World

Technology Since 1750

Book - 2000
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What are the objects, inventions, power sources, and processes that have shaped our modern industrial culture? Who are the individuals behind their creation? How have people reacted to these newfangled contraptions? This unique account explores the answers to these questions. It trace the sweeping innovations and interconnections of each advance, in a flowing text that features almost 500 photographs with captions that further explain the story of how we've become who we are today. Inventing the Modern World begins with Britain's improvements in iron and cotton production, new power sources, a successful quest for more accurate measurements large and small - both of time and on land or sea - and a new culture of technology linked to science. This First Industrial Revolution flourishes with the coming of the railway and the huge growth of towns, where disease and squalor are countered by piped water, sewage systems, and gas lighting. By 1890, the Second Industrial Revolution is under way across Europe and America. This time, chemistry, electricity, and the internal combustion engine set the pace as, aided by "R&D" and "scientific" management, a new era of efficiency transforms the work world. Two great wars bring tanks, gas, machine-guns, and bombers but, between 1918 and 1939, Model T Fords and consumer goods also pour off the new assembly lines, while information and entertainment grow more accessible through radios, records, and the movies. Finally, Inventing the Modern World explores the second half of the 20th Century: the Cold War combined with air travel, atomic energy, the pill and those popular initials - TV, PC, IT, and WWW.
Publisher: New York : Dorling Kindersley, 2000.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780789468284
Branch Call Number: 609 Inv 3701 4
609 Inv 3701 1
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations (some color)


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