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The Age of Electricity

Vaclav Smil

in Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195168747
eISBN:
9780199835522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168747.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

No other technical innovation had such a far-reaching impact on modern civilization as the creation of an admirably reliable system of electricity generation, transmission, and conversion. Thomas A. ... More


The Shape of Things to Come

Barry M. Katz

in Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029636
eISBN:
9780262330923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029636.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

The concluding chapter examines the nature of professional practice as it has matured over the last 20 years. The chapter shows in detail how design evolved from the shaping of objects to become an ... More


The Language of Rights, Deviance, and Pleasure: Organizational Responses to Discourses of Same-Sex Sexuality and Transgenderism in Thailand

Megan Sinnott

in Queer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789888083046
eISBN:
9789882207325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083046.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter explores the shifting and contextual discourses of sexuality and gender within Anjaree and Lesla, two Thai organizations that are devoted to lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or LGBT, ... More


Inventing the Radio Cosmopolitan: Vernacular Modernism at a Standstill

Aaron Jaffe

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033495
eISBN:
9780813038315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033495.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Guglielmo Marconi and Nikola Tesla were engaged in an archly Modernist struggle of hyperbolic self-definition against other inventors, patent-holders, and, ultimately, each another, a struggle for ... More


Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry

Frederick Dalzell

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042567
eISBN:
9780262258708
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

Over the course of a little less than twenty years, inventor Frank J. Sprague (1857–1934) achieved an astonishing series of technological breakthroughs—from pioneering work in self-governing motors ... More


Jumpstarting Stalled Adoption: Getting the Mainstream to Take the Plunge

Elie ofek, Eitan Muller, and Barak Libai

in Innovation Equity: Assessing and Managing the Monetary Value of New Products and Services

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226618296
eISBN:
9780226394145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226394145.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

This chapter extends the treatment of how multiple segments adopt innovations, and connects diffusion modeling and marketing strategy with the chasm phenomenon. A chasm forms when mainstream ... More


Dazzling the MultitudeOriginal Media Spectacles

Carolyn Marvin

in When Old Technologies Were New: Thinking About Electric Communication in the Late Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195063417
eISBN:
9780197560181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195063417.003.0009
Subject:
Education, History of Education

Anthropologists and literary theorists are fond of emphasizing the particularistic and dramatic dimensions of lived communication. The particularistic dimension of communication is constituted in ... More


Information and Production Disruptions: The Digital Platform Cluster System?

Peter F. Cowhey and Jonathan D. Aronson

in Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190657932
eISBN:
9780190657963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190657932.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Digital technology (digital DNA) has catalyzed information and production disruptions—ranging from cloud computing and machine learning to 3D printers—that are sweeping across firms and markets. ... More


Stimulating Innovation through Big Data

Russell Walker

in From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199378326
eISBN:
9780199378340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378326.003.0010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

This chapter examines the role of Big Data in enabling innovation in firms. The creation of new data at a large scale, as well as the integration of sensor data from the Internet of Things, provides ... More


Scientists and Innovators

Istvan Hargittai and Magdolna Hargittai

in New York Scientific: A Culture of Inquiry, Knowledge, and Learning

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198769873
eISBN:
9780191822681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769873.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

A number of memorials attest to the fact that solving practical problems has been in the forefront of science in the United States. The innovations of Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Benjamin ... More


Imagining Under Constraints

Amy Kind

in Knowledge Through Imagination

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198716808
eISBN:
9780191785375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716808.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

As Hume famously claimed, we are nowhere more free than in our imagination. While this feature of imagination suggests that imagination has a crucial role to play in modal epistemology, it also ... More


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