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The mantra of efficiency : from waterwheel to social control

Author: Jennifer Karns Alexander
Publisher: Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
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"Efficiency - associated with individual discipline, superior management, and increased profits or productivity - often counts as one of the highest virtues in Western culture. But what does it mean, exactly, to be efficient? How did this concept evolve from a means for evaluating simple machines to the mantra of progress and a prerequisite for success?" "In this provocative and ambitious study, Jennifer Karns  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Karns Alexander
ISBN: 9780801886935 0801886937
OCLC Number: 124164348
Awards: Winner of Edelstein Prize for an Outstanding Book on the History of Technology 2010.
Description: xvii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The varieties of efficiency --
Static and dynamic efficiency: the waterwheels of Smeaton and the Franklin Institute --
The effects of control: Gérard-Joseph Christian and perfected machines --
Economy of nature: Darwin, Marshall, and the costs of efficiency --
Balance and transformation: technical and popular efficiency in the Progressive Era United States --
An island of mechanical predictability: efficient worker seating in late Weimar Germany --
Pride in efficiency: the dispute over Time on the cross --
Global efficiency: an enduring industrial value in a postindustrial world --
Conclusion: The future of efficiency --
Notes --
Bibliographic essay --
Index.
Responsibility: Jennifer Karns Alexander.
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