Wondrous Contrivances by Merritt Ierley
Technology at the Threshold

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About Merritt Ierley

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He is a social historian, the author of seven books relating to American history and technology, including The Comforts of Home. He lives in northern New Jersey.
Published January 29, 2002 by Clarkson Potter. 320 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Some of the facts he digs up about early bicycles and mechanical reproduction are interesting enough to provoke actual thought: How many people know, for instance, that the bicycle was developed only after the railroad had come into common usage, or that the Founding Fathers made regular use of p...

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Ierley focuses on the public response to these inventions, using diaries, advertisements and records of local fairs and carnivals to document ordinary citizens' initial reactions to the contraptions that would inevitably change their world.

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