How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machines

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In How Invention Begins, Lienhard reconciles the ends of invention with the individual leaps upon which they are built, illuminating the vast web of individual inspirations that lie behind whole technologies. He traces, for instance, the way in which thousands of people applied their combined inventive genius to airplanes, railroad engines, and automobiles. As he does so, it becomes clear that a collective desire, an upwelling of fascination, a spirit of the times--a Zeitgeist--laid its hold upon inventors. The thing they ...

How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machines 2008, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780195341201

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