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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This is the first full-length biography of the prolific inventor Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922-2012). Ovshinsky’s discoveries led to the creation of many important information and energy technologies, ... More


Aristotle in the Cold War: On the Origins of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

George A. Reisch

in Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions at Fifty: Reflections on a Science Classic

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226317038
eISBN:
9780226317175
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317175.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter contextualizes Kuhn’s early thinking about science and philosophy in the first years of the cold war and, in particular, his formative “Aristotle experience,” his sudden realization that ... More


Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain

Aileen Fyfe

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226276472
eISBN:
9780226276465
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to ... More


The Gospel of Science

Marwa Elshakry

in Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226001302
eISBN:
9780226001449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226001449.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter looks at the role of American missionaries in nineteenth century Ottoman Syria and their promotion of modern science pedagogy and popularization on the path to salvation. Through the ... More


Saint-Simonian Engines: Love and Conversions

in The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226812205
eISBN:
9780226812229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226812229.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the first half of the nineteenth century, a new religion called Saint-Simonianism, named after Henri de Rouvroy, Count Saint-Simon (1760–1835), was making waves. The Saint-Simonians relied on ... More


A Mathematical Turn

Richard Oosterhoff

in Making Mathematical Culture: University and Print in the Circle of Lefèvre d'Étaples

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198823520
eISBN:
9780191862151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823520.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, European Early Modern History

Lefèvre described his own mathematical turn as a kind of conversion. This chapter explains what motivated his turn to mathematics, considering the place of mathematics in fifteenth-century Paris in ... More


New Beginnings in the Storefront (1960–1964)

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In late 1959, Iris was at last able to join Ovshinsky in Detroit, and they began creating a new family with her two young children and his three sons. This was also a new beginning in Ovshinsky’s ... More


The Birth of ECD: An Invention Factory (1965–1979)

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

With new resources gained from licensing Ovshinsky’s discoveries, his company, renamed Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), expanded into an ambitious research and development laboratory. Its growing ... More


The ECD Community: A Social Invention (1965–2007)

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter portrays the ways Stan and Iris Ovshinsky made ECD an expression of their progressive social values as well as an advanced R&D organization. A social democratic enclave sustained by ... More


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