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Burke, James 1936-

Overview
Works: 429 works in 1,053 publications in 1 language and 23,250 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Miscellanea  Historical television programs  Interactive multimedia  Forecasts  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author of screenplay, Host, Narrator, Commentator, Speaker, Author of dialog, Writer of accompanying material, Actor, Director
Classifications: T15, 609
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Most widely held works by James Burke
Connections by James Burke ( Book )
22 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 2,801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A companion to the PBS television series of the same name. Examines the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological achievements of today
The day the universe changed by James Burke ( Book )
18 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 2,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the course of man's beliefs from the Middle Ages to today, focusing on the critical periods in history when the ideas and institutions that have transformed man's understanding of the world were born
The knowledge web : from electronic agents to Stonehenge and back--and other journeys through knowledge by James Burke ( Book )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In The Knowledge Web, James Burke takes us on a fascinating tour through the interlocking threads of knowledge running through Western history. Displaying mesmerizing flights of fancy, he shows how seemingly unrelated ideas and innovations bounce off one another, spinning a vast, interactive web on which everything is connected to everything else: Carmen leads to the theory of relativity, champagne bottling links to wallpaper design, Joan of Arc connects through vaudeville to Buffalo Bill." "Illustrating his open, connective theme in the form of a journey across the web, Burke breaks down complex concepts, offering information in a manner accessible to anybody - high school graduates and Ph.D. holders alike."--BOOK JACKET
Circles : 50 round trips through history, technology, science, culture by James Burke ( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the author of The Knowledge Web come fifty journeys into the history of technology, each following a chain of consequential events that ends precisely where it began. Whether exploring electromagnetic fields, the origin of hot chocolate, or DNA fingerprinting, these essays - which originally appeared in James Burke's popular Scientific American column - all illustrate the serendipitous and surprisingly circular nature of change." In "Room with (Half) a View," for instance, Burke muses about the partly obscured railway bridge outside his home on the Thames. Thinking of the bridge engineer, who also built the steamship that laid the first transatlantic telegraph cable, causes him to recall Samuel Morse; which, in turn, conjures up Morse's neighbor, firearms inventor Sam Colt, and his rival, Remington. One dizzying connection after another leads to Karl Marx's daughter, who attended Socialist meetings with a trombonist named Gustave Holst, who once lived in the very house that blocks Burke's view of the bridge on the Thames. Burke's essays all evolve in this organic manner, highlighting the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated events and innovations. Romantic poetry leads to brandy distillation; tonic water connects through Leibniz to the first explorers to reach the North Pole."--BOOK JACKET
The pinball effect : how renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledge by James Burke ( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
knowledge, a trip with all the twists and turns of a detective story. Ultimately, the larger picture that emerges has far-reaching and important implications for the future, revealing why the fundamental mechanism of change is the way things come together and connect. To add to the excitement, The Pinball Effect has been designed to be read interactively: throughout the book, cross-chapter references mimic computer hypertext "hot links" and allow readers to leap from one
The axemaker's gift : a double-edged history of human culture by James Burke ( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that the cumulative effects of technology have reshaped our world and the way we think and have resulted in our valuing innovation and analysis and ignoring older kinds of knowledge born of intuition. This ancient knowledge must be rediscovered for our survival in the future
Twin tracks : the unexpected origins of the modern world by James Burke ( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Considers the nature of change, the qualities of the divine, and the origins of contemporary civilization, citing how divergent paths stemming from specific historical events subsequently converged in the modern world
Masters of illusion by National Gallery of Art (U.S.) ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines artistic and scientific discoveries of the Renaissance, focusing on the discovery of perspective and the development of visual tools that create the magic of illusion
The impact of science on society by James Burke ( Book )
9 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Connections 3 ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the origins and effects of those inventions that shape the modern world we live in. Among the connections examined are: v.3: The discovery of calamine, Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, and the creation of the atomic bomb
The day the universe changed ( Visual )
18 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This series traces the major advances in knowledge in Western civilization since the Greeks, and demonstrates how our view of the world changes as our knowledge develops
Connections 2 ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Burke back tracks the fascinating links between technological invention, social history, economics, and, well, everything.--Container
American connections : the founding fathers, networked by James Burke ( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Identifies lesser-known coincidences linking each of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence and modern-day America, tracing how historical events and people gave rise to today's technologies
After the warming by James Burke ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Using a "virtual reality computer model," social journalist James Burke looks back at various global warming scenarios from the perspective of a possible year 2050. In part one, he shows how life on Earth has always been altered by changing weather patterns. The Vikings in the new world were wiped out by a "little ice age," that set harsh conditions leading to the Black Plague. In the 1700's, a warm period resulted in abundant food, a population explosion and fostered the Industrial Revolution. It was nature that altered the destiny of life on Earth. Man has now become the trigger with the technology to make subtle but ominous changes on our planet. In part two, Burke traces various ways that man could respond to the growing environmental crises. Shows the consequences of increases in air temperature, deforestation, rainfall, and shifts in weather patterns. The impact of global warming on food supply is explored. Various scenarios show the results of international initiatives under consideration that attempt to lessen the consequences. Explores strategies already the subject of international debate: a Law of the Atmosphere, carbon-emissions tax incentives and a global "carbon budget" between advanced and developing nations
Connections an alternative view of change by James Burke ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tracking through 12,000 years of history in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, James Burke shows how past events and technologies led to modern inventions, such as the atomic bomb, engines, electric lamps, telecommunications, the computer, refrigeration, the production line, jets, plastics, rocketry, and movies
Apollo 11, a night to remember by Patrick Moore ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new compilation of original footage, this program has an in-depth montage of the moon landing story. It contains rare and previously unseen footage from the BBC live coverage in 1969, footage of the landing, and also the buildup to the launch. Includes an episode of The sky at night
Connections ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1979 and 2001 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Burke presents science as a detective story, illustrating the connections between events of the past and inventions of the future. Burke tracks through twelve thousand years of history for the clues that lead to eight great life-changing inventions -- the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television
Connections2 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the origins and effects of those inventions that shape the modern world we live in
Science revises the heavens ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Deals with advances made during the Scientific Revolution, including Copernicus's explanation that the heavens do not revolve around the earth, Galileo's exploration of the acceleration of falling objects, and Newton's theories, and examines the bitter conflict that these ideas caused within the Catholic Church
Darwin's revolution by James Burke ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reveals how Darwin's writings undermined the concept of an orderly, unchanging universe and with it the belief in the biblical theory of creation. Also considers how aspects of Darwinism were used to political and economic advantage to justify nazism, robber baron style capitalism, and communism
 
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Alternative Names
Burke, James
バーク, ジェームズ
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English (198)
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