The Pinball Effect by James; Little Brown & Co Burke
How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible-And Other Journeys Through Knowledge

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The Pinball Effect: How renaissance water gardens made the carburetor possible-and other journeys through knowledge (Pinball Effect) [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 1996] Burke, James
 

About James; Little Brown & Co Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of twenty-nine previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such "New York Times" bestsellers as "The Glass Rainbow", "Swan Peak", "The Tin Roof Blowdown", "Last Car to Elysian Fields" and "Rain Gods". He lives in Missoula, Montana.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by Little Brown & Co. 310 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Burke's story can also be read in linear mode, start to finish, with equal pleasure, one new wrinkle tripping over another as necessity, intuition, and dumb luck become the mothers of invention: An accident by a Dutch inventor in 1620 helped spawn the New Model Army by way of the female cochineal...

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Picking up the theme of his bestselling Connections and utilizing cross-chapter margin references that imitate computer hypertext, Burke investigates the dynamic interplay of scientific discovery, technological innovation and social change in a dizzying, mind-expanding adventure that explores the...

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The pinball effect, as noted science author James Burke defines it, is the historical phenomenon of seemingly unrelated scientific or engineering processes being combined by a gifted, hardworking or merely lucky individual to create something entirely new.

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Smithsonian

It would be hard to find a more whimsical history of science and technology than The Pinball Effect by James Burke, host of the popular Connections television programs.

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