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Explores the accidents of time, place, and circumstance that culminated in the century's technological achievements: the computer, the telephone, the production line, the airplane, the atomic bomb, the guided rocket, plastics, and television.

About the Author

James Burke is the author of several bestselling books, including Circles, American Connections, and The Knowledge Web. He is a monthly columnist at Scientific American and also serves as director, writer, and host of the television series Connections 3 on The Learning Channel. He is the founder of the James Burke Institute for Innovation in Education, whose flagship project, the Knowledge Web, an interactive website, was recently launched. He lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 48718 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (21 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XG6R8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I saw James Burke's Connections Series when it came out years ago and it made a tremendous impact on me. I then read the book cover to cover!

It was a joy to watch Burke carefully take us (the viewers) with him on an amazing journey. He showed time and again how people throughout history used their critical thinking skills to create amazing human creations from seemingly unrelated discoveries and decisions that were made before them.

Burke showed that whatever we create today, we can't possibly imagine what type of morphing it will go through time and what incredible thing(S) it may become tomorrow.

Connections (the series and book) also allow us to peek into the mind of the inventor. For example, in his book Connections, Burke writes about Thomas Edison: "When Edison died he had over a thousand patents filed in his name, thanks to the work of the men in his laboratory. Each man was a specialist in his field, serving the needs of Edison's fertile imagination as well as his acute understanding of the seller's market in which he lived. Edison never developed an idea unless he knew in advance that it would be profitable."

Years after reading the book and watching the series I went to a James Burke lecture. He is as personable, passionate, interesting, animated and fun in person as he is on the series! At one point during the lecture I asked a question and he answered it and joked with me. When he signed my book later he asked if I was okay with his ribbing. I said I was pleased that he had such a great sense of humor and allowed me to be part of it!

The underlying theme in connections is how we as humans are connected to our species though our works and discoveries. We are all in this boat called life together!
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This book encourages the reader to consider how the creators of even the most significant of inventions can be lost in history without the right connections and a whole lot of luck. I couldn't help thinking about the loses - The pyramids of Egypt are technological marvels yet the individuals who developed the techniques that made the pyramids possible are lost in history along with the technology they created. How many school books tell about Nikola Tesla? - The fact is, some of our most famous historical figures are famous not just for their genius, but because they were in the right place at the right time. This book also invites the reader to explore how one little moment in history can profoundly affect the next. Just think - How might history have been different if Hitler had been accepted to the art school he applied to in his youth, instead of being rejected?
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Mr. Burke's clear and conversational style make this book a comfortable and quick read. If you are a fan of the TV series, this book will not disappoint. If you have never seen the series, this book makes you want to see the video version. Either way, the book stands on its own merits.
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By Aak on 21 Jan. 2014
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I came across connections, firstly from the TV Series. I found out about the book and ordered it. James burke is a master at narration, whether spoken or written.The book is exactly what I expected, with many illustrations and the familiar "tone" of J. Burke on every line. Its more than History. It's a "through the ages" detective story that connects up all the dots ( and discovers them) to bring the present state of things. Another thing i liked about Burke is his objectiveness to historical events. He dosen't beautify some pragmatic horrific events of the past, but sarcastically puts them in their proper perspective. History can be told one way of the other. Burke has found that thin line in the middle, while making the reading humorous and pleasant.Some of the Scientific articles are inprecise, but that is beyond the scope of this book. If you want to found out about Youngs double slit experiment in detail, you need a physics book. Connections tries to signify how some occurences and experiments led to other things. Excellent. I personally think that this should be tought in schools!!!
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An updated edition of the book based on the highly successful BBC TV series. Although some aspects are now a little dated, the basic premise remains fascinating and offers genuine insight into world history. Connections is readable and accessible yet still offers a narrative that links technology and events across hundreds if not thousands of years of human history. Written by James Burke, who presented the original TV series on which it is based, and whose knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject is only matched by his insight into the growth in its importance to society. Whether a history or technology buff, this is a terrific read and worthwhile addition to your library.
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Anyone who remembers James Burke on British television will remember how engagingly and effortlessly he made even the most complex ideas seem easy to understand. He manages to do the same in this book, which traces various threads of innovation from ancient or medieval times to the present day. I bought this ebook edition because, many years ago, I owned the hardback version, and here I've enjoyed reading it all over again. Very much recommended for anyone who wants to view history in a new light.
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