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In this bestselling book, James Burke examines the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological advances of today. He untangles the pattern of interconnecting events, the accidents of time, circumstance, and place that gave rise to major inventions of the world. Says Burke, "My purpose is to acquaint the reader with some of the forces ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1978)
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Artur Coelho
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Uma coisa é afirmar que isto anda tudo ligado, insinuando os padrões inusitados e as interligações inesperadas que detectamos na nossa herança cultural. Outra é realmente prová-lo, pegando na história da ciência e tecnologia para nos mostrar os caminhos sinuosos e inusitados que nos levaram ao mundo contemporâneo. algo que James Burke sempre fez com enorme mestria, levando-nos em viagens do presente ao passado até ao regresso ao presente, mostrando que caminhos as tecnologias que hoje nos ...more
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James Burke is a Northern Irish science historian, author and television producer best known for his documentary television series called Connections, focusing on the history of science and technology leavened with a sense of humour.
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“Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look.” 50 likes
“Today, the people who make things change, the people who have that knowledge, are the scientists and the technologists, who are the true driving force of humanity. And before you say what about the Beethovens and the Michelangelos? Let me suggest something with which you may disagree violently: that at best, the products of human emotion, art, philosophy, politics, music, literature, are interpretations of the world, that tell you more about the guy who's talking, than about the world he's talking about. Second hand views of the world, made third hand by your interpretation of them.” 5 likes
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