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The pinball effect : how renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledge

Author: James Burke
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Burke
ISBN: 0316116025 9780316116022 0316116106 9780316116107
OCLC Number: 33898520
Description: x, 310 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Making waves --
Revolutions --
Photo finish --
Better than the real thing --
Hot pickle --
Flexible response --
High time --
Getting it together --
The big spin --
Something for nothing --
Sentimental journey --
Déjà vu --
Separate ways --
Routes --
New harmony --
Whodunit? --
Sign here --
Bright ideas --
Echoes of the past --
One word.
Responsibility: James Burke.

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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.

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