Author: Frederick Dalzell
Publisher: MIT Press
Release Date: 2009-09-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
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 to developing the first full-scale operational electric railway system--all while commercializing his inventions and promoting them (and himself as their inventor) to financial backers and the public. In Engineering Invention, Frederick Dalzell tells Sprague's story, setting it against the backdrop of one of the most dynamic periods in the history of technology. In a burst of innovation during these years, Sprague and his contemporaries--Thomas Edison, Nicolas Tesla, Elmer Sperry, George Westinghouse, and others--transformed the technologies of electricity and reshaped modern life. After working briefly for Edison, Sprague started the Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company; designed and built an electric railroad system for Richmond, Virginia; sold his company to Edison and went into the field of electric elevators; almost accidentally discovered a multiple-control system that could equip electric train systems for mass transit; started a third company to commercialize this; then sold this company to Edison and retired (temporarily). Throughout his career, Dalzell tells us, Sprague framed technology as invention, cast himself as hero, and staged his technologies as dramas. He toiled against the odds, scraped together resources to found companies, bet those companies on technical feats--and pulled it off, multiple times. The idea of the "heroic inventor" is not, of course, the only way to frame the history of technology. Nevertheless, as Dalzell shows, Sprague, Edison, and others crafted the role consciously and actively, using it to generate vital impetus behind the process of innovation.
Author: W. Bernard Carlson
Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag
Release Date: 2016-12-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Nikola Teslas Forschungen revolutionierten das Verständnis von Elektrizität. Seine Erfindungen setzten völlig neue Maßstäbe für die weltweite Energieversorgung und ermöglichten erst das moderne Leben, wie wir es heute kennen. Nicht umsonst trägt das weltweit beste Elektroauto, von Silicon-Valley-Star Elon Musk, den Namen Tesla. Doch nicht nur für seine 112 angemeldeten Patente ist Nikola Tesla bekannt, auch sein extravaganter Lebensstil und sein Hang zur exzessiven Selbstdarstellung machten ihn berühmt. W. Bernard Carlson blickt mit seiner mehrfach ausgezeichneten Biografie tief in die Psyche des Genies: Eindrucksvoll zeigt er, wie nah Genie und Exzentrik beieinanderliegen und was das Ausnahmetalent antrieb. Zusätzlich fließen Hunderte Originalquellen ein, die zeigen, wie es Tesla möglich war, Innovationen wie am Fließband zu produzieren, und welche Business-Strategien auch heute noch gültig sind. Einer der größten Erfinder der Moderne in einem ganz neuen Licht. Gewinner des Sally Hacker Prize der Society for the History of Technology Gewinner des IEEE William and Joyce Middleton Electrical Engineering History Award Amazon.com-Bestseller "Bestes Wissenschaftsbuch" Top-10-Bestseller bei Booklist Online Einer der "Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles" "Best Popular Physical Science Books" von The Guardian Auf der Longlist des Royal Society Winton Prize
Author: C. Bright
Release Date: 2010-09-27
Thousands of nuclear antiaircraft arms were designed, tested and deployed in the United States during Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency. These Army "Nike-Hercules" missiles, Air Force "Genie" rockets, and "BOMARC" and "Falcon" missiles were meant to counter a raid by attacking Soviet bombers. U.S. policy makers believed that the American weapons could safely compensate for technological limitations which otherwise made it difficult to destroy high flying, fast moving airplanes. Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era traces this armament from conception through deployment. Bright recounts official actions, doctrinal decisions, and public policies. It also discusses the widespread acceptance of these weapons by the American public, a result of being touted in news releases, featured in films and television episodes, and disseminated throughout society as a whole.
Author: Doug Most
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2014-02-04
In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families-Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York-pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world.The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from brilliant engineers to the countless "sandhogs" who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their way into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the construction of the tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at the centuries of fears people overcame about traveling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.