Social Networks in the History of Innovation and Invention, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 9400775288
  • ISBN-13: 9789400775282
  • DDC: 302.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 196 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This book integrates history of science and technology with modern social network theory. Using examples from the history of machines, as well as case studies from wireless, radio and chaos theory, the author challenges the genius model of invention. Network analysis concepts are presented to demonstrate the societal nature of invention in areas such as steam power, internal combustion engines, early aviation, air conditioning and more. Using modern measures of network theory, the author demonstrates that the social networks of invention from the 19th and early 20th centuries have similar characteristics to modern 21st C networks such as the World Wide Web. The book provides evidence that exponential growth in technical innovation is linked to the growth of historical innovation networks.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: James Watt's Social Network.
2: Networks in the Machine Age: from Leonardo to Clocks to Reuleaux.
3: Social Networks of the Internal Combustion Engine and Automobile.
4: Social Networks in Early Aviation History.
5: Wireless and Radio Electronics Social Networks.
6: Social Networks in Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos and Fractals.
7: The Last Hero-Inventor: A Theory of Innovation?.
Subject Index.
Author Index.