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Burke, James 1936-

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Connections by James Burke( Book )

28 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 2,657 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 )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 2,098 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 )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Chinese and held by 1,018 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."--Jacket
The pinball effect : how renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledge by James Burke( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pinball Effect takes the reader on many different journeys through the web of knowledge. Knowledge, it turns out, has many unforeseen and surprising effects. The book, for instance, owes its existence to German jeweler Johannes Gutenberg's getting the date wrong one day in the fifteenth century. James Burke, author and host of the highly rated documentary series Connections 2, draws upon years of research to examine the intrigues and surprises on the journey through 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 chapter to another. The result is a fascinating tour through history's most dramatic innovations
Circles : 50 round trips through history, technology, science, culture by James Burke( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 975 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."--Jacket
Twin tracks : the unexpected origins of the modern world by James Burke( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 652 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
The impact of science on society by James Burke( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masters of illusion by James Burke( Visual )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 473 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
American connections : the founding fathers, networked by James Burke( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 380 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
Apollo 11, a night to remember by Patrick Moore( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 286 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
The Day the universe changed( Visual )

4 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of ten programs offering exciting overviews of turning points in Western Civilization's understanding of the universe. Each program examines how a fundamental shift in understanding in one area of knowledge led to a complete revision over the years of our ideas about what is true. Professor James Burke draws provocative connections between the development of new knowledge and subsequent revolutions in Western thought
Connections 2( Visual )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Host James Burke explores the origins and effects of those inventions that shape our modern world
 
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The pinball effect : how renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledge
Alternative Names
Burke

Burke, James

James Burke Britischer Wissenschaftshistoriker, Jahrgang 1936

James Burke Brits historicus

James Burke brytyjski historyk nauki

James Burke historien de la science britannique, né en 1936

Джеймс Бурк

ברק, ג'ימס, 1936-

جيمس بيرك، 1936-

جیمز برک تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

버크, 제임스

バーク, ジェームズ

詹姆斯·伯克

Languages
English (105)

Polish (2)

Chinese (1)

Arabic (1)

Korean (1)

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The day the universe changedThe knowledge web : from electronic agents to Stonehenge and back--and other journeys through knowledgeThe pinball effect : how renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledgeCircles : 50 round trips through history, technology, science, cultureTwin tracks : the unexpected origins of the modern worldThe impact of science on societyAmerican connections : the founding fathers, networked