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50 inventions that shaped the modern economy

Harford, Tim 1973- (author.).
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  • 11 of 13 copies available at Evergreen Indiana. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Greenwood Public Library.

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  • ISBN: 9780735216136
  • ISBN: 0735216134
  • Physical Description: print
    321 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-308) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Plow -- I: Winners and losers: Gramophone ; Barbed wire ; Seller feedback ; Google search ; Passports ; Robots ; Welfare state -- II: Reinventing how we live. Infant formula ; TV dinners ; Pill ; Video games ; Market research ; Air-conditioning ; Department stores -- III: Inventing new systems. Dynamo ; Shipping container ; Bar code ; Cold chain ; Tradable debt and the tally stick ; Billy bookcase ; Elevator -- IV: Ideas about ideas. Cuneiform ; Public-key cryptography ; Double-entry bookkeeping ; Limited liability companies ; Management consulting ; Intellectual property ; Compiler -- V: Where do inventions come from?. IPhone ; Diesel engines ; Clocks ; Chemical fertilizer ; Radar ; Batteries ; Plastic -- VI: Visible hand. Bank ; Razors and blades ; Tax havens ; Leaded gasoline ; Antibiotics in farming ; M-Pesa ; Property registers -- VII: Inventing the wheel. Paper ; Index funds ; S-bend ; Paper money ; Concrete ; Insurance -- Conclusion: Looking forward -- Epilogue: Lightbulb.
Summary, etc.: "In [this book], author and economist Tim Harford paints an epic yet intimate picture of economic change by telling the stories of the ideas, people, and tools that have had far-reaching and unexpected consequences for all of us. Drawing on his hugely popular BBC radio program and podcast ..., Harford expands on them with fascinating glimpses into the inventions that have transformed the ways, we work, play, and live. From the plow to artificial intelligence, from Gillette's disposable razor to IKEA's Billy bookcase, Harford recounts the memorable story of each invention and introduces us to the characters who developed them, profited from them, and were in some cases ruined by them."--Jacket.
Subject: Inventions Economic aspects History
Technological innovations Economic aspects History
Economic history
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Economics
HISTORY World
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Inventions
Economic history
Inventions Economic aspects
Technological innovations Economic aspects
Genre: History.
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