The Engines of Our Ingenuity: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture

OUP USA, 10.4.2003 - 272 sivua
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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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So many great tidbits of engineering history. A great juxtaposition of engineering and humanity. Each chapter can stand by itself as an essay. So many interesting little stories that I'll have to buy many more books to complete them. Lue koko arvostelu

THE ENGINES OF OUR INGENUITY: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture

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An elaboration on the NPR broadcasts made by Lienhard (Mechanical Engineering/Univ. of Houston), who contends, basically, that machines are us.Lienhard begins with history, examining the growth of ... Lue koko arvostelu


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
Systems Design and Production
Heroic Materialism
Who Got There First?
EverPresent Dangers
Technology and Literature
Being There
Correlation of the Text with the Radio Program

Attitudes and Technological Change
War and Other Ways to Kill People
Major Landmarks

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John Lienhard is the M.D. Anderson Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and History at the University of Houston. He is the author and host of "The Engines of Our Ingenuity," a daily radio essay on the history of creativity and invention, heard on many public radio stations. He is also the author of Inventing Modern: Growing up with X-Rays, Skyscrapers, and Tailfins. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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