The Pinball Effect

The Pinball Effect

How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible, and Other Journeys Through Knowledge

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A popular author and host of the Learning Channel series Connections 2 invites readers to follow him in searching out how simple changes in one century can have far-reaching implications in another.

Blackwell North Amer
The Pinball Effect takes the reader on many different journeys through the web of knowledge. Knowledge, it turns out, has many unforeseen and surprising effects. The book, for instance, owes its existence to German jeweler Johannes Gutenberg's getting the date wrong one day in the fifteenth century.
James Burke, author and host of the highly rated documentary series Connections 2, draws upon years of research to examine the intrigues and surprises on the journey through knowledge, a trip with all the twists and turns of a detective story. Ultimately, the larger picture that emerges has far-reaching and important implications for the future, revealing why the fundamental mechanism of change is the way things come together and connect.
To add to the excitement, The Pinball Effect has been designed to be read interactively: throughout the book, cross-chapter references mimic computer hypertext "hot links" and allow readers to leap from one chapter to another. The result is a fascinating tour through history's most dramatic innovations.

& Taylor

Explores how simple changes in one century can have far-reaching implications in another

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1996
ISBN: 9780316116022
Branch Call Number: 609 BUR
Characteristics: x, 310p. : ill., maps ; 24cm


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Oct 01, 2011

A wonderful eclectic meander through the early centuries of science and technology. But like a butterfly fluttering among colourful flowers the author fails to convince this reader that synergies happened by chance. The unifying and leavening elements were the Mechanic's Institutes, Royal Societies (and their widely circulated publications), and Kendal Academy-like institutions (p. 279) that nurtured scientific knowledge and applied science. Hopefully the author, James Burke, may go on to write a book on the birth of science education.


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