The Engines of Our Ingenuity
An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture
By (author) John H. Lienhard
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Engines of Our Ingenuity by John H. Lienhard
Book DescriptionMillions 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 DetailsISBN: 9780195167313
(235mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John H. Lienhard
How Invention Begins, Paperback (June 2008)
More a prehistory of invention and a biography of ideas and their originators than an exposition of technological advances, the stories explicate the evolution of ideas that eventually result in the historic naming of an inventor.
Inventing Modern, Paperback (April 2005)» View all books by John H. Lienhard
Explores the cultural history of the first half of the twentieth century, showing the impact of technological and scientific developments on the culture. In this book, the author elucidates, from a de facto postmodern perspective, what unique ideas and developments explain the profound watershed transition, around 1900 or 1906.
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Author Biography - John H. Lienhard
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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