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American Genesis : A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 - Thomas P. Hughes

American Genesis

A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970

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Published: 1st March 2004
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American Genesis is the book that helped earn Thomas Hughes his reputation as one of the foremost historians of technology of our age. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990, the book 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 the chronicle, shaped by and shaping a broader cultural context. By masterfully weaving scientific and technological advancement into other cultural trends, Hughes demonstrates here the myriad ways in which the two are Inextricably linked. A new preface by Hughes recounts his missteps in predicting the future of technology and also traces our advancement into the information age.

"Immensely valuable."

--Jonathan Yardley "Washington Post "
"To be sure, readers who don''t look for theoretical argument in history books won''t regret its absence in "American Genesis". They will enjoy, as I did, its informative accounts of major inventors and organizers--Henry Ford and Frederick Taylor as well as Edison, but most of all Elmer Sperry, the inventor not only of the gyroscope but also of many automatic control systems."

--David Joravsky "New York Review of Books "
"Masterful and stimulating. . . . It is Hughes''s mastery of the history of technology that distinguishes this book from previous efforts to depict history as technology . . . Many people have deplored the lack of a single volume giving a coherent, well-written account of what has been learned since 1970 about the role of technology in American history since 1870. Thomas Hughes has done something about it."

--George Wise "Science "
"Immensely valuable."
--Jonathan Yardley "Washington Post "
"Hughes writes with sweep and detail. He links diverse phenomena like the military-industrial complex and modern art and architecture with his overall vision that order and control were the inevitable result of technological progress. His is an epic tale told with a rhythm and cadence that match it."

--Lee Dembart "Los Angeles Times "


"Immensely valuable."

--Jonathan Yardley "Washington Post "


"To be sure, readers who don't look for theoretical argument in history books won't regret its absence in American Genesis. They will enjoy, as I did, its informative accounts of major inventors and organizers--Henry Ford and Frederick Taylor as well as Edison, but most of all Elmer Sperry, the inventor not only of the gyroscope but also of many automatic control systems."

--David Joravsky "New York Review of Books "


"Masterful and stimulating. . . . It is Hughes's mastery of the history of technology that distinguishes this book from previous efforts to depict history as technology . . . Many people have deplored the lack of a single volume giving a coherent, well-written account of what has been learned since 1970 about the role of technology in American history since 1870. Thomas Hughes has done something about it."

--George Wise "Science "

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Technological TorrentA Gigantic Tidal Wave of Human
IngenuityChoosing and Solving ProblemsBrain Mill for the MilitaryNo
Philanthropic Asylum for Indigent ScientistsThe System Must be FirstTaylorismus
Fordismus= Amerikanismus
The Second Discovery of AmericaTennessee Valley and Manhattan Engineer DistrictCounterculture and Momentum
Notes
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226359274
ISBN-10: 0226359271
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 530
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.9  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition