The Pinball Effect

The Pinball Effect

Using 100s of fascinating examples, James Burke shows how old established ideas in science and technology often lead to serendipitous and amazing modern discoveries and innovations.

Author: James Burke

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 0316116106

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Using 100s of fascinating examples, James Burke shows how old established ideas in science and technology often lead to serendipitous and amazing modern discoveries and innovations.
Categories: Science

Connections

Connections

... Through History, Technology, Science, Culture The Knowledge Web: From Electronic Agents to Stonehenge and Back— and Other Journeys Through Knowledge The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible— and ...

Author: James Burke

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451685060

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

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Connections is a brilliant examination of the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological achievements of today. How did the popularity of underwear in the twelfth century lead to the invention of the printing press? How did the waterwheel evolve into the computer? How did the arrival of the cannon lead eventually to the development of movies? In this highly acclaimed and bestselling book, James Burke brilliantly examines the ideas, inventions, and coincidences that have culminated in the major technological advances of today. With dazzling insight, he untangles the pattern of interconnecting events: the accidents of time, circumstance, and place that gave rise to the major inventions of the world. Says Burke, "My purpose is to acquaint the reader with some of the forces that have caused change in the past, looking in particular at eight innovations—the computer, the production line, telecommunications, the airplane, the atomic bomb, plastics, the guided rocket, and television—which may be most influential in structuring our own futures....Each one of these is part of a family of similar devices, and is the result of a sequence of closely connected events extending from the ancient world until the present day. Each has enormous potential for humankind's benefit—or destruction." Based on a popular TV documentary series, Connections is a fascinating scientific detective story of the inventions that changed history—and the surprising links that connect them.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Society Ethics and Technology

Society  Ethics  and Technology

In this reading, taken from his book The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible–and Other Journeys through Knowledge, Burke begins his tale with the solution developed in order to pump water from ...

Author: Morton Winston

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781285663456

Category: Philosophy

Page: 496

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From today's headlines to your textbook, SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY, Fifth Edition, explores the cutting edge of technological innovation and how these advances represent profound moral dilemmas for society as a whole. You will build a strong foundation in theory and applied ethics as you are challenged to examine critically the social effects of technology in your daily life. This timely anthology, filled with cutting-edge work from prominent scholars and thinkers, focuses on current technological issues and ethical debates. Insightful introductions and focus questions before each piece help put readings in context and to establish frameworks for ethical decision-making. The readings examine the consequences of technological change from a variety of historical, social, and philosophical perspectives. Special coverage of the history of technology focuses on ground-breaking developments, as well as the technological underpinnings of contemporary globalization. New articles examine the impact of contemporary technological advances, such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and social media. In addition, the book explores the future of technology in such areas as human rights, overpopulation, biotechnology, information technology, climate change, and the environment. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Categories: Philosophy

Agile Information Systems

Agile Information Systems

Balancing act: How to capture knowledge without killing it. Harvard Business Review, 78 (3), 73–80. Burke, J. (1996). The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys through Knowledge.

Author: Kevin C. Desouza

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780750682350

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 323

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Presents research and thinking on agile information systems. This book brings together academic experts, researchers, and practitioners to discuss how companies can create and deploy agile information systems. This book presents cutting-edge research and thinking on agile information systems. The concept of agile information systems has gained strength over the last 3 years, coming into the MIS world from manufacturing, where agile manufacturing systems has been an important concept for several years now. The idea of agility is powerful: with competition so fierce today and the speed of business so fast, a company's ability to move with their customers and support constant changing business needs is more important than ever. Agile information systems: have the ability to add, remove, modify, or extend functionalities with minimal penalties in terms of time, cost, and effort have the ability to process information in a flexible manner have the ability to accommodate and adjust to the changing needs of the end-users. This is the first book to bring together academic experts, researchers, and practitioners to discuss how companies can create and deploy agile information systems. Contributors are well-regarded academics known to be on the cutting-edge of their fields
Categories: Business & Economics

Forged in War

Forged in War

How a Century of War Created Today's Information Society R. David Lankes ... Of particular note are: □ The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys Through Knowledge (Boston: Little, ...

Author: R. David Lankes

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538148969

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 301

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Many of what we think of as Information Age tools and media --- computers, cell phones, the internet, encryption, and more --- evolved directly out of modern warfare. These tools started with World War I (which began not with arms, but with England cutting off underwater cables to Germany and isolating it), accelerated through World War II and the Cold War, and now play a center role in both declared and non-declared conflicts like election interference and cyberbattles. We buy phones and smart speakers because they are new and unlock great potential. Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa help us do our work and answer that one piece of trivia that bugs us. Yet these devices are data gatherers. They collect, repackage, and monetize our questions, purchases, photographs, web surfing to form a data industry now larger than the oil industry. Well over 100 years ago the data industry put in place a business model that trades our attention for news and entertainment. That model has evolved into a complex art and science of message targeting and content ownership that has splintered communities while simultaneously concentrating media ownership to a few massive corporations. Forged in War takes a critical look at the systems we use and how we ended up in a society that values data over personal liberty and commerce over the public good. It tells a compelling and previously story of how our ideas of information and knowledge reflect the century of war that has militarized our worldview. Author David Lankes’s work has been funded by organizations such as The MacArthur Foundation, The Institute for Library and Museum Services, NASA, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The National Science Foundation, and The U.S. State Department. This, his latest book will help all of us learn how war has shaped our world and how to begin to create an agenda to stand down weaponized data and a media that seeks to own our personal, even intimate data like one owns a gold mine.
Categories: Business & Economics

Handbook of Systems Engineering and Management

Handbook of Systems Engineering and Management

The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys Through Knowledge. Boston: Little, Brown. Bush, V. (1995). As we may think. Atlantic July: 101–108. Casti, J. L. (1997).

Author: Andrew P. Sage

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470083536

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1502

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The trusted handbook—now in a new edition This newly revised handbook presents a multifaceted view of systems engineering from process and systems management perspectives. It begins with a comprehensive introduction to the subject and provides a brief overview of the thirty-four chapters that follow. This introductory chapter is intended to serve as a "field guide" that indicates why, when, and how to use the material that follows in the handbook. Topical coverage includes: systems engineering life cycles and management; risk management; discovering system requirements; configuration management; cost management; total quality management; reliability, maintainability, and availability; concurrent engineering; standards in systems engineering; system architectures; systems design; systems integration; systematic measurements; human supervisory control; managing organizational and individual decision-making; systems reengineering; project planning; human systems integration; information technology and knowledge management; and more. The handbook is written and edited for systems engineers in industry and government, and to serve as a university reference handbook in systems engineering and management courses. By focusing on systems engineering processes and systems management, the editors have produced a long-lasting handbook that will make a difference in the design of systems of all types that are large in scale and/or scope.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Discoveries and Inventions in Literature for Youth

Discoveries and Inventions in Literature for Youth

... 282 , 290 Picture the Bomb : Photographs from the Secret World of the Manhattan Project , 164 The Pinball Effect : How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys through Knowledge , 179 Pinball Science ...

Author: Joy L. Lowe

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810849151

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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A compilation of books and other resources that are appropriate for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Categories: Literary Criticism

People and Organizations

People and Organizations

Balancing act: How to capture knowledge without killing it. Harvard Business Review, 73-80. Burke, J. (1996). The pinball effect: How Renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible and other journeys through knowledge.

Author: William B. Rouse

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470169559

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 400

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This book is about people who operate, maintain, design, research, and manage complex systems, ranging from air traffic control systems, process control plants and manufacturing facilities to industrial enterprises, government agencies and universities. The focus is on the nature of the work these types of people perform, as well as the human abilities and limitations that usually enable and sometimes hinder their work. In particular, this book addresses how to best enhance abilities and overcome limitations, as well as foster acceptance of the means to these ends.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics

This helps decision makers avoid being trapped by common delusions which could mislead them relative to likely ... The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys through Knowledge, ...

Author: Gavriel Salvendy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470528389

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1754

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The fourth edition of the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics has been completely revised and updated. This includes all existing third edition chapters plus new chapters written to cover new areas. These include the following subjects: Managing low-back disorder risk in the workplace Online interactivity Neuroergonomics Office ergonomics Social networking HF&E in motor vehicle transportation User requirements Human factors and ergonomics in aviation Human factors in ambient intelligent environments As with the earlier editions, the main purpose of this handbook is to serve the needs of the human factors and ergonomics researchers, practitioners, and graduate students. Each chapter has a strong theory and scientific base, but is heavily focused on real world applications. As such, a significant number of case studies, examples, figures, and tables are included to aid in the understanding and application of the material covered.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Transportation Engineering and Planning Volume I

Transportation Engineering and Planning   Volume I

The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys Through Knowledge, 320 pp. New York: Little Brown and Co. [This book is another foray by Burke into the evolution of science and ...

Author: Tschangho John Kim

Publisher: EOLSS Publications

ISBN: 9781905839803

Category:

Page: 450

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Transportation Engineering and Planning is a component of Encyclopedia of Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. The Theme on Transportation Engineering and Planning presents the readers with diverse sources of information and knowledge about transportation engineering and planning, to help ensure that informed actions are compatible with sustainable world development. It begins with a historical analysis of transportation development, since an understanding of how transportation technologies developed is a prerequisite for understanding issues involved in transportation systems, and for developing sound policy analysis. Next, the various chapters analyze transportation problems, discusses the state of public policy addressing those problems, considers the causes and effects of changes in demand for mobility as the socio-economic environment changes, and then deals with the fundamental questions related to transportation. These two volumes are aimed at the following a wide spectrum of audiences from the merely curious to those seeking in-depth knowledge: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.
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