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The fruits of war : how military conflict accelerates technology / Michael White.

By: White, Michael, 1959-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2005Description: viii, 374 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0743285298 (pbk.) :.Other title: How military conflict accelerates technology.Subject(s): Inventions -- History | War and civilization | Technology and civilizationDDC classification: 623
Contents:
Introduction : good from bad -- From the gods to the laser scalpel -- From the arrow to nuclear power -- From the cuneiform to the credit card -- From the chariot to the bullet train -- From the balloon to the space shuttle -- From the trireme to the ocean liner -- From the tribal drum to the Internet -- Epilogue : some final thoughts -- On the drawing board - the shape of spin-offs to come.
Review: "Almost every appliance and innovation we take for granted in twenty-first-century life has come from technologies developed as a result of war. The list is huge and wide-ranging, touching on inventions and procedures of enormous diversity, from microwave ovens to television and radio; contact lenses to computers; the Internet to open-heart surgery. By considering seven of the most important developments in the history of technology and science, Michael White reveals how so much of the modern technological world has come to us through the silver-lining in the black cloud of war."--BOOK JACKET.
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A riveting and wide-ranging history of human innovation, and how man's greatest technological leaps have almost always happened in times of war. Australian author.

Introduction : good from bad -- 1. From the gods to the laser scalpel -- 2. From the arrow to nuclear power -- 3. From the cuneiform to the credit card -- 4. From the chariot to the bullet train -- 5. From the balloon to the space shuttle -- 6. From the trireme to the ocean liner -- 7. From the tribal drum to the Internet -- Epilogue : some final thoughts -- App. On the drawing board - the shape of spin-offs to come.

"Almost every appliance and innovation we take for granted in twenty-first-century life has come from technologies developed as a result of war. The list is huge and wide-ranging, touching on inventions and procedures of enormous diversity, from microwave ovens to television and radio; contact lenses to computers; the Internet to open-heart surgery. By considering seven of the most important developments in the history of technology and science, Michael White reveals how so much of the modern technological world has come to us through the silver-lining in the black cloud of war."--BOOK JACKET.

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