By John Graham-Cumming

ISBN-10: 0596523203

ISBN-13: 9780596523206

The historical past of technological know-how is throughout us, in the event you understand the place to appear. With this distinct traveler's consultant, you'll know about 128 locations world wide the place discoveries in technological know-how, arithmetic, or know-how happened or is occurring now. shuttle to Munich to determine the world's greatest technological know-how museum, watch Foucault's pendulum swinging in Paris, think about a descendant of Newton's apple tree at Trinity university, Cambridge, and extra. every one website in The Geek Atlas focuses on discoveries or innovations, and comprises information regarding the folks and the technological know-how in the back of them. filled with attention-grabbing photographs and illustrations, the ebook is equipped geographically by way of nation (by kingdom in the U.S.), whole with latitudes and longitudes for GPS units. locations comprise: * Bletchley Park within the united kingdom, the place the Enigma code was once damaged

* The Alan Turing Memorial in Manchester, England

* The Horn Antenna in New Jersey, the place the large Bang thought used to be proven

* The nationwide Cryptologic Museum in fortress Meade, Maryland

* The Trinity attempt website in New Mexico, the place the 1st atomic bomb was once exploded

* The Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, California

You won't locate tedious, third-rate museums, or a cheesy plaque caught to a wall mentioning that "Professor X slept here." each web site during this publication has genuine clinical, mathematical, or technological interest--places certain to make each geek's center pound a bit speedier. Plan a visit with The Geek Atlas and make your personal discoveries alongside the way.

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The plight of the urban ghettos in the United States provides an appropriate analogy to the global position of the less developed countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. Their problem is not that of the absence of change. 0 In some cases it is not even that of insufficiently rapid change, because in recent years several underdeveloped countries have attained impressive and sustained rates of growth (South Korea, Taiwan, and Ghana, for example). Rather, their problem arises from an intensifying feeling of relative deprivation of which they are made more acutely aware by the spread of education and communications.

2 Today the functional equivalent of navigation is the thrust into space, which requires a rapid computing capacity beyond the means of the human brain; the equivalent of gunpowder is modern nuclear physics, and that of printing is television and longrange instant communications. The consequence of this new technetronic revolution is the progressive emergence of a society that increasingly differs from the industrial one in a variety of economic, political, and social aspects. The following examples may be briefly cited to summarize some of the contrasts: (1) In an industrial society the mode of production shifts from The Onset of the Technetronic Age { 11 agriculture to industry, with the use of human and animal muscle supplanted by machine operation.

12) and that "science alone sees the publishing of 100,000 journals a year, in more than 60 languages, a figure doubling every 15 years" (Glenn T. Seaborg, "Uneasy World Gains Power over Destiny," The New York Times, January 6, 1969). {24 2. The Ambivalent Disseminator The United States is the principal global disseminator of the technetronic revolution. It is American society that is currently having the greatest impact on all other societies, prompting a far-reaching cumulative transformation in their outlook and mores.

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