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General Purpose Technologies and Surges in Productivity: Historical Reflections on the Future of the ICT Revolution

Paul A. David and Gavin Wright

in The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263471
eISBN:
9780191734786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter analyses the relationship between the diffusion of general purpose technologies (GPTs) and surges in the growth of productivity. It first explores the dynamics of GPT diffusion by ... More


Benjamin Franklin and America's Technology Deficit

Doron S. Ben-Atar

in Trade Secrets: Intellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial Power

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300100068
eISBN:
9780300127218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300100068.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter discusses the role of Benjamin Franklin in discouraging European manufacturers from immigrating to America. It reveals that in 1784, shortly after concluding the peace treaty with ... More


Trade Secrets: Intellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial Power

Doron S. Ben-Atar

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300100068
eISBN:
9780300127218
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300100068.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This book focuses on intellectual piracy and presents an interpretive study of the American appropriation of forbidden European know-how from the perspective of a diplomatic historian of the early ... More


Benjamin’s Mythic Architecture

Daniel L. Purdy

in On the Ruins of Babel: Architectural Metaphor in German Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801476761
eISBN:
9780801460050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801476761.003.0011
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

This chapter describes how Walter Benjamin's writing responds to the German philosophical appropriation of Renaissance theory. From the start, Enlightenment revolutionaries looked back to the ... More


Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Adelheid Voskuhl

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The eighteenth century saw the creation of a number of remarkable mechanical androids: at least ten prominent automata were built between 1735 and 1810 by clockmakers, court mechanics, and other ... More


The Science of Showmanship

in When Physics Became King

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226542010
eISBN:
9780226542003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226542003.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the crucial sciences of electricity and heat. The chapter looks at how developments in electricity emerged from concerns with showmanship and utility and how the new science ... More


Cane Hill

William L. Shea

in Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833155
eISBN:
9781469605098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898680_shea.10
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the impact of emerging industrial technology on traditional methods of warfare. On 24 November, Blunt learned that the Confederates had returned to Cane Hill. Instead of ... More


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