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The Lever of Riches : Technological Creativity and Economic Progress.

Author: Joel Mokyr
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1990.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a world of supercomputers, genetic engineering, and fiber optics, technological creativity is ever more the key to economic success. But why are some nations more creative than others, and why do some highly innovative societies--such as ancient China, or Britain in the industrial revolution--pass into stagnation? Beginning with a fascinating, concise history of technological progress, Mokyr sets the background  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Mokyr
ISBN: 9786613113344 6613113344 1283113341 9781283113342 0195074777 9780195074772 0199762716 9780199762712 0195061136 9780195061130
OCLC Number: 1162384000
Description: 1 online resource (362 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Part I: Economic Growth and Technological Progress; 1. Introduction; Part II: Narrative; 2. Classical Antiquity; 3. The Middle Ages; 4. The Renaissance and Beyond: Technology 1500-1750; 5. The Years of Miracles: The Industrial Revolution, 1750-1830; 6. The Later Nineteenth Century: 1830-1914; Part III: Analysis and Comparisons; 7. Understanding Technological Progress; 8. Classical and Medieval Technology; 9. China and Europe; 10. The Industrial Revolution: Britain and Europe; Part IV: Dynamics and Technological Progress; 11. Evolution and the Dynamics of Technological Change 12. EpilogueBibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z

Abstract:

In a world of supercomputers, genetic engineering, and fiber optics, technological creativity is ever more the key to economic success. But why are some nations more creative than others, and why do some highly innovative societies--such as ancient China, or Britain in the industrial revolution--pass into stagnation? Beginning with a fascinating, concise history of technological progress, Mokyr sets the background for his analysis by tracing the major inventions and innovations that have transformed society since ancient Greece and Rome. What emerges from this survey is often surprising: the c.

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