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50 inventions that shaped the modern economy

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2017 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In [this book], author and economist Tim Harford paints an epic yet intimate picture of economic change by telling the stories of the ideas, people, and tools that have had far-reaching and unexpected consequences for all of us. Drawing on his hugely popular BBC radio program and podcast ..., Harford expands on them with fascinating glimpses into the inventions that have transformed the ways, we work, play, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harford, Tim, 1973-
Fifty inventions that shaped the modern economy.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
(DLC) 2017023702
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Harford
ISBN: 9780735216136 0735216134
OCLC Number: 965717398
Description: 321 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The plow --
I: Winners and losers: The gramophone ; Barbed wire ; Seller feedback ; Google search ; Passports ; Robots ; The welfare state --
II: Reinventing how we live. Infant formula ; TV dinners ; The Pill ; Video games ; Market research ; Air-conditioning ; Department stores --
III: Inventing new systems. The dynamo ; The shipping container ; The bar code ; The cold chain ; Tradable debt and the tally stick ; The Billy bookcase ; The elevator --
IV: Ideas about ideas. Cuneiform ; Public-key cryptography ; Double-entry bookkeeping ; Limited liability companies ; Management consulting ; Intellectual property ; The compiler --
V: Where do inventions come from?. The iPhone ; Diesel engines ; Clocks ; Chemical fertilizer ; Radar ; Batteries ; Plastic --
VI: The visible hand. The bank ; Razors and blades ; Tax havens ; Leaded gasoline ; Antibiotics in farming ; M-Pesa ; Property registers --
VII: Inventing the wheel. Paper ; Index funds ; The S-bend ; Paper money ; Concrete ; Insurance --
Conclusion: Looking forward --
Epilogue: The lightbulb.
Other Titles: Fifty inventions that shaped the modern economy
Responsibility: Tim Harford.

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"In [this book], author and economist Tim Harford paints an epic yet intimate picture of economic change by telling the stories of the ideas, people, and tools that have had far-reaching and unexpected consequences for all of us. Drawing on his hugely popular BBC radio program and podcast ..., Harford expands on them with fascinating glimpses into the inventions that have transformed the ways, we work, play, and live. From the plow to artificial intelligence, from Gillette's disposable razor to IKEA's Billy bookcase, Harford recounts the memorable story of each invention and introduces us to the characters who developed them, profited from them, and were in some cases ruined by them."--Jacket.

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