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no more heroes any more,
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This review is from: Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914 (Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series) (Hardcover)
It has always mystified me that the british don't celebrate engeenering genius any more, whereas in VIctorian times, people from humble beginnings were raised up, yeah, even to the hosue of Lords (think Brunel) for their achieements - nowadays, being a soccer star or dimwitted pop singer is the only way to be a celeb - in other countries (America, Japan, France, Germany, Korea, Turkey) just about any inventor is hailed, whereas this only happens now if you are an entrerepenur in UK plc.
This book explains why, and covers the history from much earlier (from the hated "projecteers" granted royal monopolies by patent decree, until the huge teams of pharmaceutical beavers creating new drugs in nameless labs).
Its also a great read!
Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914 (Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series)(1 customer review)