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Burke, James 1936-

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Most widely held works by James Burke
Connections by James Burke( Book )

27 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 2,699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A companion to the PBS television series of the same name. Examines the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological achievements of today
The day the universe changed by James Burke( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the course of man's beliefs from the Middle Ages to today, focusing on the critical periods in history when the ideas and institutions that have transformed man's understanding of the world were born
The knowledge web : from electronic agents to Stonehenge and back--and other journeys through knowledge by James Burke( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Knowledge Web, James Burke takes us on a fascinating tour through the interlocking threads of knowledge running through Western history. Displaying mesmerizing flights of fancy, he shows how seemingly unrelated ideas and innovations bounce off one another, spinning a vast, interactive web on which everything is connected to everything else: Carmen leads to the theory of relativity, champagne bottling links to wallpaper design, Joan of Arc connects through vaudeville to Buffalo Bill." "Illustrating his open, connective theme in the form of a journey across the web, Burke breaks down complex concepts, offering information in a manner accessible to anybody - high school graduates and Ph. D. holders alike."--Jacket
The pinball effect : how Renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledge by James Burke( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Circles : 50 round trips through history, technology, science, culture by James Burke( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the author of The Knowledge Web come fifty journeys into the history of technology, each following a chain of consequential events that ends precisely where it began. Whether exploring electromagnetic fields, the origin of hot chocolate, or DNA fingerprinting, these essays - which originally appeared in James Burke's popular Scientific American column - all illustrate the serendipitous and surprisingly circular nature of change." In "Room with (Half) a View," for instance, Burke muses about the partly obscured railway bridge outside his home on the Thames. Thinking of the bridge engineer, who also built the steamship that laid the first transatlantic telegraph cable, causes him to recall Samuel Morse; which, in turn, conjures up Morse's neighbor, firearms inventor Sam Colt, and his rival, Remington. One dizzying connection after another leads to Karl Marx's daughter, who attended Socialist meetings with a trombonist named Gustave Holst, who once lived in the very house that blocks Burke's view of the bridge on the Thames. Burke's essays all evolve in this organic manner, highlighting the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated events and innovations. Romantic poetry leads to brandy distillation; tonic water connects through Leibniz to the first explorers to reach the North Pole."--Jacket
The axemaker's gift : a double-edged history of human culture by James Burke( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the cumulative effects of technology have reshaped our world and the way we think and have resulted in our valuing innovation and analysis and ignoring older kinds of knowledge born of intuition. This ancient knowledge must be rediscovered for our survival in the future
Connections 2( Visual )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Burke back tracks the fascinating links between technological invention, social history, economics, and, well, everything.--Container
Twin tracks : the unexpected origins of the modern world by James Burke( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considers the nature of change, the qualities of the divine, and the origins of contemporary civilization, citing how divergent paths stemming from specific historical events subsequently converged in the modern world
The impact of science on society by James Burke( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Connections 3( Visual )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This science series shows that history is filled with seemingly unrelated discoveries that are actually connected in the most surprising ways. Host James Burke continues to explore the effects and origins of inventions and events that shape the modern world
The day the universe changed by James Burke( Visual )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series traces the major advances in knowledge in Western civilization since the Greeks, and demonstrates how our view of the world changes as our knowledge develops
Connections an alternative view of change by James Burke( Visual )

12 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracking through 12,000 years of history in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, James Burke shows how past events and technologies led to modern inventions, such as the atomic bomb, engines, electric lamps, telecommunications, the computer, refrigeration, the production line, jets, plastics, rocketry, and movies
After the warming by James Burke( Visual )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a "virtual reality computer model," social journalist James Burke looks back at various global warming scenarios from the perspective of a possible year 2050. In part one, he shows how life on Earth has always been altered by changing weather patterns. The Vikings in the new world were wiped out by a "little ice age," that set harsh conditions leading to the Black Plague. In the 1700's, a warm period resulted in abundant food, a population explosion and fostered the Industrial Revolution. It was nature that altered the destiny of life on Earth. Man has now become the trigger with the technology to make subtle but ominous changes on our planet. In part two, Burke traces various ways that man could respond to the growing environmental crises. Shows the consequences of increases in air temperature, deforestation, rainfall, and shifts in weather patterns. The impact of global warming on food supply is explored. Various scenarios show the results of international initiatives under consideration that attempt to lessen the consequences. Explores strategies already the subject of international debate: a Law of the Atmosphere, carbon-emissions tax incentives and a global "carbon budget" between advanced and developing nations
Connections 1( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Burke presents science as a detective story, illustrating the connections between events of the past and inventions of the future. Burke tracks through twelve thousand years of history for the clues that lead to eight great life-changing inventions-- the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television
Connections( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Burke presents science as a detective story, illustrating the connections between events of the past and inventions of the future. Burke tracks through twelve thousand years of history for the clues that lead to eight great life-changing inventions -- the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television
The trigger effect( Visual )

20 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First in a series combining history and science to discover why major technological changes occurred and traces these inventions to seemingly unrelated "triggers" during the past 12,000 years. In this segment, in Upper Egypt, host James Burke explains how plowing, building, writing, taxation, and astronomy began and how they became interdependent. Man's present dependence on complex technological networks is illustrated with a reconstruction of the New York city power blackout of 1965. The program ends in Kuwait, the nation which has moved from the technology of ancient Egypt to that of the modern world in a single generation
Science revises the heavens( Visual )

11 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deals with advances made during the Scientific Revolution, including Copernicus's explanation that the heavens do not revolve around the earth, Galileo's exploration of the acceleration of falling objects, and Newton's theories, and examines the bitter conflict that these ideas caused within the Catholic Church
Darwin's revolution by James Burke( Visual )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals how Darwin's writings undermined the concept of an orderly, unchanging universe and with it the belief in the biblical theory of creation. Also considers how aspects of Darwinism were used to political and economic advantage to justify nazism, robber baron style capitalism, and communism
Printing transforms knowledge by James Burke( Visual )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the transformation of the medieval world, which had to rely largely on memorized knowledge and the spoken word, when Gutenberg discovered printing. Covers the increase in literacy, the secularization of learning, and the acceleration and systematization of knowledge. Also discusses the contribution that printing made to the Protestant Reformation and the beginnings of nationalism
The wheel of fortune( Visual )

15 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifth in a series combining history and science to discover why major technological changes occurred and traces these inventions to seemingly unrelated "triggers" during the past 12,000 years. This segment traces the connection between astrology, ancient Greek medical manuscripts, the need for precise measuring devices, and the invention of such things as the telescope, forged steel, interchangeable machine parts, and the computer--the heart of modern industry
 
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The pinball effect : how Renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledge
Alternative Names
Burke

Burke, James

James Burke brytyjski historyk nauki

Джеймс Бурк

جيمس بيرك، 1936-

جیمز برک تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

バーク, ジェームズ

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French (3)

Spanish (3)

Polish (2)

Korean (1)

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The day the universe changedThe knowledge web : from electronic agents to Stonehenge and back--and other journeys through knowledgeThe pinball effect : how Renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledgeCircles : 50 round trips through history, technology, science, cultureThe axemaker's gift : a double-edged history of human cultureTwin tracks : the unexpected origins of the modern worldThe impact of science on society