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Burke, James 1936-

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Connections by James Burke( Book )

24 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 2,580 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 )

35 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Day the Universe Changed, James Burke examines eight periods in history when our view of the world shifted dramatically: in the eleventh century, when extraordinary discoveries were made by Spanish crusaders; in fourteenth-century Florence, where perspective in painting emerged; in the fifteenth century, when the advent of the printing press shook the foundations of an oral society; in the sixteenth century, when gunnery developments triggered the birth of modern science; in the early eighteenth century, when hot English summers brought on the Industrial Revolution; in the battlefield surgery stations of the French revolutionary armies, where people first became statistics; in the nineteenth century, when the discovery of dinosaur fossils led to the theory of evolution; and in the 1820s, when electrical experiments heralded the end of scientific certainty." "Based on the popular television documentary series, The Day the Universe Changed is a bestselling history that challenges the reader to decide whether there is absolute knowledge to discover - or whether the universe is "ultimately what we say it is.""--BOOK JACKET
Connections 3 by James Burke( Visual )

34 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and Catalan and held by 1,141 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 led to eight great life-changing inventions -- the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television
The pinball effect : how renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledge by James Burke( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 985 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
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 975 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
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 943 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
The axemaker's gift : a double-edged history of human culture by James Burke( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 933 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
Connections 2( Visual )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the origins and effects of those inventions that shape the modern world we live in
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 632 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
Beyond calculation : the next fifty years of computing by Peter J Denning( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacket: "Twenty-four of the world's leading experts tell us about the future of computers in business, in science, and in our lives ... Paul W. Abrahams -- Franz L. Alt -- Gordon Bell -- John Seely Brown -- James Burke -- Vinton G. Cerf -- Donald D. Chamberlin -- Peter J. Denning -- Edsger W. Dijkstra -- Larry Druffel -- Bob O. Evans -- Fernando Flores -- Bob Frankston -- David Gelernter -- James N. Gray -- Richard W. Hamming -- William J. Mitchell -- Abbe Mowshowitz -- Donald A. Norman -- Oliver Strimpel -- Dennis Tsichritzis -- Sherry Turkle -- Mark Weiser -- Terry Winograd."
The impact of science on society by James Burke( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact of science on society is examined in this publication's coverage of a series of public lectures that commemorated the 25th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Edited versions of four speeches are presented which address the impact of science on society from the time of humanity's first significant scientific invention to that of expected future scientific advances. The papers include: (1) "The Legacy of Science" by British historian James Burke; (2) "Accomplishments of Science by the Year 2000" by television science editor and reporter Jules Bergman; (3) "Our Future in the Cosmos--Computers" by scientist and science fiction writer Dr. Isaac Asimov; and (4) "Our Future in the Cosmos--Space" also by Dr. Isaac Asimov. Audience questions and lecturer responses follow each of the papers. Biographical sketches of each presenter are also included. (Ml)
Masters of illusion by National Gallery of Art (U.S.)( Visual )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in English and held by 428 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 day the universe changed( Visual )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 376 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
American connections : the founding fathers, networked by James Burke( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 369 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 282 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
Yesterday, tomorrow and you( Visual )

22 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the final episode of this series, Burke recaps the theme that change causes more change. Burke ties together the modern inventions in which previous episodes had culminated: telecommunications, the computer, the jet engine, plastics, rockets, television, the production line, and the atomic bomb. He ultimately points out that all of these inventions come together in the B-52 nuclear bomber, and closes out the series by ruminating on the concept of change itself
Countdown by Adrian Bänninger( Visual )

25 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burke explains how the invention of the movie projector led to improvements in castle fortifications caused by the invention and use of the canon. He connects the invention of the movie projector to four major innovations in history: incandescent light, the discovery of celluloid, the projector that uses frame-by-frame pictures on celluloid, and finally, recorded sound
The Long Chain by James Burke( Visual )

19 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventh in a series combining history and science to discover why major technological changes occurred and traces these inventions to seemingly unrelated "triggers" during the past 12,000 years. This segment traces the connection between mercantile competition between the British and Dutch in the 17th century, the development of a coal-tar pitch to protect ship hulls, and the creation of waterproofed clothing, gaslight lamps, and nylon
Thunder in the Skies( Visual )

22 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This episode asserts that the Little Ice Age eventually led to the development of the modern chimney--as well as knitting, buttons, wainscotting, wall tapestries, wall plastering, glass windows, and the idea of privacy for sleeping and sex
Faith in numbers by James Burke( Visual )

18 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourth in a series combining history and science to discover why major technological changes occurred and traces these inventions to seemingly unrelated "triggers" during the past 12,000 years. This segment shows how inventions such as the water mill, carillon, jacquard loom, and a global communications network were influenced by each other and by logic, chance, and unforeseen events. Also deals with the inventions and events which gave rise to the printing press as the Middle Ages shifted to the Renaissance
 
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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

Lee Burke, James 1936-

Джеймс Бурк

ברק, ג'ימס, 1936-

جيمس بيرك

جيمس بيرك، 1936-

جیمز برک تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

버크, 제임스 1936-

バーク, ジェームズ

詹姆斯·伯克

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The day the universe changedThe pinball effect : how renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible, and other journeys through knowledgeThe knowledge web : from electronic agents to Stonehenge and back--and other journeys through knowledgeCircles : 50 round trips through history, technology, science, cultureThe axemaker's gift : a double-edged history of human cultureTwin tracks : the unexpected origins of the modern worldBeyond calculation : the next fifty years of computingThe impact of science on society