History of Mechanism and Machine Science

Social Networks in the History of Innovation and Invention

Authors: Moon, Francis C.

  • The reader is introduced to constructing network diagrams and matrices for history of invention
  • Seven case studies on the social network nature of innovation and invention bring the topic to life for the audience
  • Mathematical measures of social networks are applied to history of invention
  • New insights on the social nature of invention of steam engine, internal combustion engine, aviation, radio etc.  will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners as well as historians
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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 (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: James Watt’s Social Network

    Moon, Francis

    Pages 1-32

  • Networks in the Machine Age: From Leonardo to Clocks to Reuleaux

    Moon, Francis

    Pages 33-64

  • Social Networks of the Internal Combustion Engine and Automobile

    Moon, Francis

    Pages 65-84

  • Social Networks in Early Aviation History

    Moon, Francis

    Pages 85-109

  • Wireless and Radio Electronics Social Networks

    Moon, Francis

    Pages 111-133

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eBook $79.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Networks in the History of Innovation and Invention
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7528-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7528-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7527-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0121-9
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 196
Number of Illustrations and Tables
88 b/w illustrations
Topics