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Imagining tomorrow : history, technology, and the American future

Author: Joseph J Corn
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Imagining Tomorrow takes a lively and informative look at the future as envisioned in the American past. Covering the period from the 1880s to the present, it examines the expectations that various groups of Americans held regarding the technology of tomorrow. The book contributes to our understanding of twentieth-century culture, technology and what may be called the history of the future. Six of the ten essays in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph J Corn
ISBN: 0262031159 9780262031158 0262530767 9780262530767
OCLC Number: 12237098
Description: vi, 237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The New Light: x-rays and medical futurism / Nancy Knight --
Amateur operators and American broadcasting: shaping the future of radio / Susan J. Douglas --
Wasn't the future of nuclear engineering wonderful? / Steven L. Del Sesto --
Plastic, material of a thousand uses / Jeffrey L. Meikle --
Utopia realized: the world's fairs of the 1930s / Folke T. Kihlstedt --
The technological utopians / Howard P. Segal --
The home of tomorrow, 1927-1945 / Brian Horrigan --
Skycraper utopias: visionary urbanism in the 1920s / Clark Willis --
An unforeseen revolution: computers and expectations, 1935-1985 / Paul Ceruzzi --
Dazzling the multitude: imagining the electric light as a communications medium / Carolyn Marvin --
Epilogue / Joseph J. Corn.
Responsibility: edited by Joseph J. Corn.

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The history of the future is the history of a society's imagination, and Imagining Tomorrow takes a lively and informative look at the future as envisioned in the American past.  Read more...

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