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Fifty things that made the modern economy

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the tally-stick to Bitcoin, the canal lock to the jumbo jet, each invention in Tim Harford's fascinating new book has its own curious, surprising and memorable story, a vignette against a grand backdrop. Step by step, readers will start to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be going next. Hidden connections will be laid bare: how the barcode undermined family corner shops; why the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Harford
ISBN: 9781408709115 1408709112 9781408709122 1408709120
OCLC Number: 999383401
Description: 343 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The plough. WINNERS AND LOSERS: The gramophone --
Barbed wire --
Seller feedback --
Google search --
Passports --
Robots --
The welfare state. REINVENTING HOW WE LIVE: Infant formula --
TV dinners --
The pill --
Video games --
Market research --
Air conditioning --
Department stores. INVENTING NEW SYSTEMS: The Dynamo --
The shipping container --
The barcode --
The cold chain --
Tradable debt and the tally stick --
Billy bookcase --
The elevator. IDEAS ABOUT IDEAS: Cuneiform --
Public key cryptography --
Double-entry bookkeeping --
Limited liability companies --
Management consulting --
Intellectual property --
The compiler. WHERE DO INVENTIONS COME FROM? The iPhone --
Diesel engines --
Clocks --
The Haber-Bosch process --
Radar --
Batteries --
Plastic. THE VISIBLE HAND: The bank --
Razors and blades --
Tax havens --
Leaded petrol --
Antibiotics in farming --
M-Pesa --
Property registers. INVENTING THE WHEEL: Paper --
Index funds --
The S-bend --
Paper money --
Concrete --
Insurance --
Looking forward --
The light bulb.
Other Titles: 50 things that made the modern economy
Responsibility: Tim Harford.

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Fifty Things that Shaped the Modern Economy paints the epic picture of economic change in an intimate way, by telling the stories of tools and ideas that had far-reaching and unexpected consequences.  Read more...

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Harford's richness of detail bespeaks skill both as an economic analyst and as a popular commentator. His sections on barbed wire, passports, the contraceptive pill, infant formula, the bar code and Read more...

 
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