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History of Mechanism and Machine Science

Social Networks in the History of Innovation and Invention

Authors: Moon, Francis C.

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  • 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)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 78,10 €
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Hardcover 145,59 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Softcover 97,18 €
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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
88 b/w illustrations
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