James Burke

  • How did the recognition of undies within the 12th century result in the discovery of the printing press?
  • How did the waterwheel evolve into the computer?
  • How did the coming of the cannon lead finally to the advance of movies?

during this hugely acclaimed and bestselling publication, James Burke brilliantly examines the guidelines, innovations, and coincidences that experience culminated within the significant technological advances of this present day. With extraordinary perception, he untangles the development of interconnecting occasions: the injuries of time, situation, and position that gave upward push to the key innovations of the area.

Says Burke, "My goal is to acquaint the reader with many of the forces that experience triggered switch long ago, having a look particularly at 8 strategies -- the pc, the creation line, telecommunications, the aircraft, the atomic bomb, plastics, the guided rocket, and tv -- that may be so much influential in structuring our personal futures....Each this type of is a part of a relations of comparable units, and is the results of a chain of heavily hooked up occasions extending from the traditional global until eventually the current day. every one has huge, immense capability for humankind's gain -- or destruction."

in accordance with a favored television documentary sequence, Connections is an interesting clinical detective tale of the innovations that modified historical past -- and the remarkable hyperlinks that attach them.

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