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Connections: history of science and inventions


"Connections" masterfully combines popular science and detective work to retrace the steps that led to eight inventions that ushered in the technological age: the computer, the production line, telecommunications, the airplane, the atomic bomb, plastics, the guided rocket, and television. A brilliant examination of the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological achievements of today.

James Burke, the BBC's chief reporter on the Apollo missions to the moon, was awarded the Royal Television Society silver medal in 1973 and the gold medal in 1974. Connections was over two years in the making, the research and filming taking the author to twnety-three countries.
James Burke untangles the pattern of interconnecting events, the accidents of time, circumstance, and place that gave rise to these inventions and to a host of related discoveries along the way. He explains, for instance, how the arrival of the cannon led eventually to the development of movies; how the popularity of underwear in the twelfth century led to the invention of the printing press; how the waterwheel evolved into the computer. He links these inventions with one another and with the stream of history, exploring them with dazzling insight.

Title: Connections
Author: James Burke, 1978
Genre: Popular Science
Duration: 3 hr 28 min, ABRIDGED
Read by: the author
Quality: 24 kb/s
Format: mp3
Size: 30 mb
Language: English

01 The Trigger Effect
02 The Road From Alexandria
03 Distant Voices
04 A Fuel to the Flame
05 Eat, Drink and Be Merry
06 Lighting the Way
07 Inventing the Future
NOTE: The textbook is unavailable as it is impossible to find on the web.

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