ISBN-10:
0226359271
ISBN-13:
9780226359274
Pub. Date:
06/28/2004
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 / Edition 2

American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 / Edition 2

by Thomas P. Hughes
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Overview

The book that helped earn Thomas P. Hughes his reputation as one of the foremost historians of technology of our age and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990, American Genesis tells the sweeping story of America's technological revolution. Unlike other histories of technology, which focus on particular inventions like the light bulb or the automobile, American Genesis makes these inventions characters in a broad chronicle, both shaped by and shaping a culture. By weaving scientific and technological advancement into other cultural trends, Hughes demonstrates here the myriad ways in which the two are inexorably linked, and in a new preface, he recounts his earlier missteps in predicting the future of technology and follows its move into the information age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226359274
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 548
Sales rank: 916,557
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Thomas P. Hughes is the Professor Emeritus in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a member of the American Philosophical doctorates from Northwestern University and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology. A member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, he is the editor of seven books and author of four, including American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Technological Torrent
A Gigantic Tidal Wave of Human Ingenuity
Choosing and Solving Problems
Brain Mill for the Military
No Philanthropic Asylum for Indigent Scientists
The System Must be First
Taylorismus + Fordismus= Amerikanismus
The Second Discovery of America
Tennessee Valley and Manhattan Engineer District
Counterculture and Momentum
Notes
Index

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