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Dynamics of innovation : the expansion of technology in modern times

Author: François Caron; Allan Mitchell
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Berghahn, 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats

In this volume, Caron brings together different facets of his expertise to present a broad panorama of modern technological history.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: François Caron; Allan Mitchell
ISBN: 9781785330360 1785330365 9780857457233 0857457233
OCLC Number: 960423758
Description: xvii, 254 Seiten.
Contents: Translator's Preface Introduction PART ONE Chapter 1. The Artisanal Mode of Knowledge Industrial Framework: The World of Trades Artisanal Knowledge and the Arc of Experience The Interaction of Trades Circulation of Knowledge Chapter 2. From Artisan to Expert The Appropriation of Artisanal Knowledge The Role of Writing Knowledge of Experts Chapter 3. Formalized Knowledge The Professional Engineer The Industrial Enterprise Science and Utility: The Other Revolution Practice and Theory Chapter 4. Technological Adventures The Production of Energy The Mechanization of Industry Birth of the Mechanical Industry The Chemical Industry PART TWO Chapter 5. Industrial Logic and the Dynamics of Knowledge Entrepreneurs and Enterprises Artisanal Trades and the Formalization of Knowledge Engineers and Engineering Three Examples of Engineering Science Science, the Universities, and the State Chapter 6. Steam Engines Domination of Empirical Knowledge Before 1850 The Birth of Thermodynamics Experimental Thermodynamics The Conquest of Great Efficiency The End of an Era Chapter 7. The Chemical Industry Organic Chemistry and the Dye Industry before 1900 Physical Chemistry and the Second Industrial Revolution Macromolecular Chemistry and Vertical Integration Summing Up Chemistry PART THREE Chapter 8. Technological Interdependence and Consumer Needs Iron Metallurgy in France in the Nineteenth Century Generalizing the Model Chapter 9. Strategies and Social Networks Global Communities: Gas, Electricity, Automobiles Social Groups Enterprises and Networks The Pillars of Innovation Local Productive Systems PART FOUR Chapter 10. From Early Modern Times to the 1880s The English Model The Rise of Mass Civilization in Paris, 1830-1880 Chapter 11. Technological Networks and Communications French Railways: Rationalization and Cybernetics Interconnections: Networks of Electricity Mass Consumption Mass Production The Rise of Communications Telecommunications The Birth of a Communications Society Chapter 12. From Microprocessors to the Internet Flexible Production Telecommunications Information and Audiovisual Technologies Computer Networks and the Birth of the Internet Communications of a Large Network: the SNCF The Social Life of Networks, 1995-2008 Chapter 13. Information Technology and Society Enterprises Objects of Daily Life The Era of the Internet and Cellular Phones The Nature of Messages Social Connections The Unforeseen Outcome Conclusion Bibliography Name Index
Other Titles: La dynamique de l'innovation
Responsibility: François Caron ; translated and abridged by Allan Mitchell.


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"To integrate the slow evolution of medieval know-how and the current explosion of information technologies into one analysis is a challenge magnificently met by the historian Francois Caron." * Read more...

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