By Edward Grant
By Wiebe E. Bijker,Thomas P. Hughes,Trevor Pinch,Deborah G. Douglas
By Chris Gainor
“As an individual who has been educating a direction on house exploration for a few years and has visited such a lot of NASA’s area facilities, i've got stumbled on lots of new and necessary fabric in To Day. . . . i like to recommend the booklet to all who desire to comprehend extra in regards to the stipulations, humans, and discoveries among 1890 and 1960 that resulted in the gap age.”—Pangratios Papacosta, Physics Today
Although the dream of flying is as outdated because the human mind's eye, the concept of rocketing into house could have originated with chinese language gunpowder experiments in the course of the center a while. Rockets as either guns and leisure are tested during this attractive background of the way people bought the power to catapult themselves into space.
Chris Gainor’s impossible to resist narrative introduces us to pioneers similar to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard, and Hermann Oberth, who pointed tips on how to the cosmos through producing the earliest wave of foreign enthusiasm for area exploration. It exhibits us German engineer Wernher von Braun developing the V-2, the 1st huge rocket, which, even though starting the door to house, failed totally because the “wonder weapon” it used to be intended to be. From there Gainor follows the distance race to the Soviet Union and the USA, giving us an in depth examine the aggressive hysteria that resulted in Sputnik, satellites, house probes, and—finally—human flight into house in 1961.
As a lot a narrative of cultural ambition and private future as of medical development and technological historical past, To a far off Day deals a whole and carefully compelling account of humanity’s decided efforts—sometimes poignant, occasionally notable, occasionally mad—to go away the earth behind.
By Michael Brian Schiffer
The earliest electric applied sciences have been conceived within the laboratory gear of physicists; due to their miraculous and various results, notwithstanding, those applied sciences speedily made their approach into many different groups and actions. Schiffer conducts us from neighborhood to group, displaying how those applied sciences labored as they have been positioned to exploit in public lectures, innovative experiments in chemistry and biology, and clinical remedy. This tale brings to mild the arcane and long-forgotten innovations that made means for plenty of sleek technologies—including lightning rods (Franklin's invention), cardiac stimulation, xerography, and the interior combustion engine—and richly conveys the complicated relationships between technology, expertise, and culture.
By Lorraine Daston
With Science within the Archives, Lorraine Daston and her co-authors provide the 1st learn of the real position that those data play within the usual and human sciences. attaining throughout disciplines and centuries, individuals hide episodes within the heritage of astronomy, geology, genetics, philology, climatology, medication, and more—as good as primary practices corresponding to accumulating, retrieval, and knowledge mining. Chapters disguise issues starting from doxology in Greco-Roman Antiquity to NSA surveillance strategies of the twenty-first century. completely exploring the practices, politics, economics, and capability of the sciences of the files, this quantity unearths the fundamental historic size of the sciences, whereas additionally including a much-needed long-term standpoint to modern debates over the makes use of of massive info in science.
By Jenifer Van Vleck
The aircraft promised to increase the frontiers of the USA "to infinity," as Pan American global airlines president Juan Trippe stated. because it speeded up the worldwide move of U.S. capital, patron items, applied sciences, guns, pop culture, and services, few locations remained far away from Wall road and Washington. Aviation promised to safe a brand new form of empire--an empire of the air rather than the land, which emphasised entry to markets instead of the conquest of territory and made the complete global America's sphere of impact. by way of the past due Nineteen Sixties, although, international airways and governments have been not easy America's regulate of world airlines, and the family aviation hit turbulent instances. simply because the historical past of industrial aviation is helping to provide an explanation for the ascendance of yank energy, its next demanding situations mirror the bounds and contradictions of the yankee Century.
By Hans-Christian Rohde
By Ulrike Felt,Rayvon Fouché,Clark A. Miller,Laurel Smith-Doerr
By Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
By Marc Levinson
In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight transport bins from Newark to Houston. From that modest starting, box transport built right into a large that made the growth in worldwide alternate attainable. The Box tells the dramatic tale of the container's construction, the last decade of fight sooner than it used to be largely followed, and the sweeping financial effects of the pointy fall in transportation expenditures that containerization introduced about.
however the box did not simply ensue. Its adoption required large sums of cash, either from deepest traders and from ports that aspired to be at the cutting edge of a brand new expertise. It required years of high-stakes bargaining with of the titans of geared up hard work, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, in addition to gentle negotiations on criteria that made it attainable for nearly any box to go back and forth on any truck or educate or send. eventually, it took McLean's good fortune in delivering U.S. forces in Vietnam to cajole the area of the container's potential.
Drawing on formerly ignored resources, economist Marc Levinson exhibits how the box remodeled financial geography, devastating conventional ports similar to ny and London and fueling the expansion of formerly imprecise ones, reminiscent of Oakland. via making transport so affordable that might find factories faraway from its clients, the box lead the way for Asia to develop into the world's workshop and taken shoppers a formerly incredible number of reasonably cheap items from round the globe.
released in hardcover at the 50th anniversary of the 1st box voyage, this is often the 1st entire heritage of the delivery box. Now with a brand new bankruptcy, The field tells the dramatic tale of the way the force and mind's eye of an iconoclastic entrepreneur became containerization from an impractical suggestion right into a phenomenon that remodeled fiscal geography, slashed transportation expenditures, and made the growth in international alternate possible.