On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9780195168754_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $67.50
edition:Hardcover
published: April 2006
ISBN:9780195168754

Transforming the Twentieth Century

Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

by Vaclav Smil

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
economic history
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $67.50
edition:Hardcover
published: April 2006
ISBN:9780195168754
Description

This inquiry into the technical advances that shaped the 20th century follows the evolutions of all the principal innovations introduced before 1913 (as detailed in the first volume) as well as the origins and elaborations of all fundamental 20th century advances. The history of the 20th century is rooted in amazing technical advances of 1871-1913, but the century differs so remarkably from the preceding 100 years because of several unprecedented combinations. The 20th century had followed on the path defined during the half century preceding the beginning of World War I, but it has traveled along that path at a very different pace, with different ambitions and intents. The new century's developments elevated both the magnitudes of output and the spatial distribution of mass industrial production and to new and, in many ways, virtually incomparable levels. Twentieth century science and engineering conquered and perfected a number of fundamental challenges which remained unresolved before 1913, and which to many critics appeared insoluble. This book is organized in topical chapters dealing with electricity, engines, materials and syntheses, and information techniques. It concludes with an extended examination of contradictory consequences of our admirable technical progress by confronting the accomplishments and perils of systems that brought liberating simplicity as well as overwhelming complexity, that created unprecedented affluence and equally unprecedented economic gaps, that greatly increased both our security and fears as well as our understanding and ignorance, and that provided the means for greater protection of the biosphere while concurrently undermining some of the key biophysical foundations of life on Earth. Transforming the Twentieth Century will offer a wide-ranging interdisciplinary appreciation of the undeniable technical foundations of the modern world as well as a multitude of welcome and worrisome consequences of these developments. It will combine scientific rigor with accessible writing, thoroughly illustrated by a large number of appropriate images that will include historical photographs and revealing charts of long-term trends.

About the Author
Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of forty books, including Energy and Civilization, published by the MIT Press. In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2013 Bill Gates wrote on his website that “there is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil."
Author profile page >
Contributor Notes

Vaclav Smil is at University of Manitoba.

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Other Titles by Vaclav Smil

Cycles of Life

Civilization and the Biosphere
edition:Paperback
tagged :
More Info
Energy

Energy

A Beginner's Guide
edition:Paperback
tagged : energy
More Info
Creating the Twentieth Century

Creating the Twentieth Century

Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact
edition:Paperback
tagged : 20th century
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...