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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Explores how simple changes in one century can have far-reaching implications in another.
Publisher: Boston :, Little, Brown and Co.,, [1996]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780316116022
Branch Call Number: 609 Bu
Characteristics: x, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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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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