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The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made The Carburetor Possible - and Other Journeys Through Knowledge By JamesBurke,

  • Title: The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made The Carburetor Possible - and Other Journeys Through Knowledge
  • Author: JamesBurke
  • ISBN: 9780316116107
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.
    The Pinball Effect How Renaissance Water Gardens Made The Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys Through Knowledge Using s of fascinating examples James Burke shows how old established ideas in science and technology often lead to serendipitous and amazing modern discoveries and innovations

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    1. I have loved James Burke s method of teaching history ever since I saw my first episode of Connections on PBS all those years ago I had a chance to hear this brilliant man speak in person at the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall in Portland, OR He is no less amazing in person as he is on his well thought out television program.This book is a wonderful collection of of those interesting historical connections, told by a man who understands dry humor This is another in a series of books written in th [...]

    2. I think I might have enjoyed this a little had I not just read Connections This book is or less a remix of that book, the companion to the wonderful TV series It expands on some of the connections, showing how innovation is a web of advances rather than just a linear series of connections.

    3. Interesting, but uses often tenuous links as effects Reads like the wiki game or just how I browse in general short attention span per in depth topic Some really interesting tidbits, though.

    4. I wrote about my ongoing love affair with James Burkes Connections and The Day the Universe Changed I can t be as enthusiastic about The Pinball Effect This is still James Burke showing how this led to that and the information is still first rate The writing, however, seemed tired to me, as if Burke was thinking I m so sick of this connections crap but it s what I m known for, it s what people want and I have a mortgage to pay, so while writing, as if his enthusiasm for his subject was no longer [...]

    5. This is one of the required reading texts for those who want to understand about the world and how we got to this point with all the inventions and discoveries of history Also great overview if you re going to be on Jeopardy It details the accidents of invention, and how so much is interconnected how one discovery in one field sparks a creation elsewhere, which itself sparks creations, and so on A delightful exploration of science and technology, so well written that laymen can fully grasp it [...]

    6. While I have liked other books by James Burke, this one is extremely chaotic and as a result I just gave up about half way through.

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    8. This book employs a very neat mechanism to demonstrate a host of connections between people, inventions, and events across the world and through history Burke s basic premise is that history is non linear, with closer resemblance to a spider web So every chapter is chock full of names and terms with superscripts and gates in the adjacent margins A gate indexes you to another place in the book where that subject appears The result is a non fiction Choose Your Own Adventure Depending how much the [...]

    9. In 1923 American astronomer Edwin Hubble calculated that Andromeda was located outside of the Milky Way Since the Milky Way was the edge of the universe at that time, Hubble s discovery resulted in the doubling of the known universe The events leading up to the math and technology that allowed Hubble to draw his conclusions are but one example of the serendipity and conjugation of science The path to Hubble s discovery includes the invention of bottle caps, razor blades, accurate clocks for nav [...]

    10. The book, according to the author, has two aims.First, it tries some detective story of the pinball way the author claims things happen trying to make readers aware of the ways, they themselves interact with the world and the ways they are affected by the actions of others.Second, it tries to create a new way of thinking about knowledge and how it should be used in the 21st century multimedia, interactive networking, personal communicators, virtual reality, and unlimited bandwidth that are every [...]

    11. This book is by the same man who was host of the PBS series Connections a number of years ago, and the format of the book is very similar to the TV show It deals with how various incidents in the history of the world led to other developments which, in turn, led to other developments etc etc Mostly it s science, technology, inventions even small improvements etc But the links also include cultural trends, language, fairy tales, sugar, potatoes, the tea ceremony, etc Serves to illustrate the Budd [...]

    12. Great communicator and some interesting stories However, he has done this before in other books and you get the impression that any connection between histories is possible Makes you think, therefore, that the connections given are not really that surprising Still, another solid piece of work.

    13. James Burke is clearly one of my favorites Along with his many books are at least 2 television series He is also the author of The Day the Universe Changed and Connections The Pinball Effect continues Burke s methodology and curiosity about how we have arrived where are and with the technology that we have James Burke, during an early 90 s lecture in San Francisco explained his viewpoint about the potential for people to expand their intellectual capabilities as we allow technology to handle of [...]

    14. Not one of James Burke s better efforts, the books is far too obviously the slightly fleshed out scripts of the COnnections 2 series, and reads like scripts as well The information is choppy and rushed, I feeel he tried to take on too many topics for a coherent read You barely get introduced to a person or theory before he s rushing pell mell off into anther subject, consequently there are many times the reader has to stop and wonder How did I get HERE

    15. Listened to the audiobook While the stories of invention were nicely interwoven together, I thought the mentions of each seemed brief and would have found a richer experience if there was elaboration Good though if you want the executive summary and a starting point to learn about a given topic.

    16. this was really interesting like reading in book form it starts with the invention of the perm, and then goes back and forth with inventions that led to that and inventions that came after it was a lot of information to take in, but i learned a lot of cool stuff that i had never really thought about before.

    17. This is a very interesting concept, but the flow of ideas made it difficult to read It felt a bit manic at times and I never felt like I was getting enough information about anything for the bits of knowledge to make an impression I d get about halfway through a chapter, be reading about button snaps and have no idea how I got there I only made it about half way through.

    18. Fun and delightful meandering through the causes and effects of the history of innovation over the last 500 years Imagine a book written by John Doe from the one season Fox TV show of the same name what am I the only one who remembers that series.

    19. Excellent As a huge fan of James Burke s television series Connections , I once again marveled at the way he unites seemingly disparate events to arrive at the whole we are presently presented with A fun and fascinating read, for sure.

    20. I love Burke s books and series, the way he connects things from different times and places I love that he shares bizarre details like how someone was a fan of mouse on toast Fun, engaging, and informative.

    21. It s an engaging read generous side notes add a unique way to read through the book by following the characters rather than the plot in a manner of speaking

    22. Burke links ideas as they have bounced around labs, workshops, and any space inhabited by a clever mind and brings them to life.

    23. Fantastic Shows how great ideas derive from other seemingly unrelated ideas Very readable and a good book to read alongside his companion book to the PBS series Connections.

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