|Droney and the Man on "This Modern World" (Tom Tomorrow/thismodernworld.com)|
|How We Got to Now (Steven Johnson)|
- how Gutenberg and the printing press led to reading on a wider scale in Europe and the realization that many Europeans are farsighted and suddenly in need of spectacles, which opened the way for lots of experts glass works, which gives rise to developments in biology and astronomy due to microscopes, telescopes, cameras lenses, great mirrors and self-reflection,
- how Lee Deforest invented the radio broadcasting to broadcast music, but not the classical music he loved and instead the jazz he hated,
- how someone invented the phonograph, but his patent failed to include a feature to "play" what it could successfully record (enter Edison to hog up all the credit),
- how the search for clean water opened the way to invention of the iPhone,
- how the nagging problem of overheating in a New York printing business led to the invention of air conditioning, which inspired mass migration and a political transformation.
|TV show host Steven Johnson (PBS)|
For example, “How do we make something cold?” or “How do we create light?” And how have they driven other discoveries through the web of ideas and innovations -- the unintended consequences -- that made each finding possible? Were some foreseeable?
|Drone Warfare (amazon)|
- PBS TV show "How We Got to Now"
- Wednesdays, October 15, 9:00-11:00 pm
- Oct. 22-Nov. 12, 10:00-11:00 pm (ET)
|Droney and the children on "This Modern World" (Tom Tomorrow/thismodernworld.com)|