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Twin tracks : the unexpected origins of the modern world

Author: James Burke
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Considers the nature of change, the qualities of the divine, and the origins of contemporary civilization, citing how divergent paths stemming from specific historical events subsequently converged in the modern world.
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Burke, James, 1936-
Twin tracks.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003
(OCoLC)609954062
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Burke
ISBN: 0743226194 9780743226196
OCLC Number: 52208656
Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. 1804: Attack on Tripoli to Fish Sticks --
2. 1760: Fake Epic to Organ Transplants --
3. 1805: Battle of Trafalgar to Laser --
4. 1726: Encyclopedia to Vitamins --
5. 1792: Juniper Hall to Jet Aircraft --
6. 1750: Smallpox to Big Bang --
7. 1784: Sanskrit to cybernetics --
8. 1610: Santa Catharina to Spectroscopy --
9. 1686: Political Jingle to Nylon --
10. 1703: Kit-Kat Club to Sunglasses --
11. 1770: Falklands War to Television --
12. 1724: Stone Age Boy to Photocopier --
13. 1745: Leyden Jar to Clingwrap --
14. 1790: Philadelphia General Advertiser to Chemotherapy --
15. 1664: Lens Grinder to Hairdressing --
16. 1773: Boston Tea Party to Contact Lenses --
17. 1742: Bow Street, London, to Bar Code.
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"One of the most intriguing minds in the Western World" ("The Washington Post") delivers a landmark book of real-world stories that contends with the nature of change and divines as never before the  Read more...

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