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21. Communication: Innovations in
22. Dynamic Timing Decisions Under
23. Ideas, inventions, innovations
24. Inventions, innovations, and economic
25. Informational Society: An Economic
26. Inventions Innovations Discovers
27. Leading and Managing Creators,
28. The Furniture of George Hunzinger:
29. Timberland Invention Factory.(sustained
30. From Invention to Innovation (The
31. Technology Transfer: From Invention
32. Innovation Management in Global
33. Internet Alley: High Technology
34. 201 Thoughts To Ignite Innovation
35. Democratizing Innovation
36. The structure of invention [An
37. Victorian Technology: Invention,
38. Grace Hopper and the Invention
39. The Canadian inventions book:
40. American Indian Contributions

21. Communication: Innovations in Technology and the Arts (Ideas & Inventions)
by Philip Wilkinson, Robert Ingpen
 Hardcover: 48 Pages (2005-01-20)
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The experiments and advances that transformed the world! This intriguing series covers the breakthroughs of invention that created the way of life that we take for granted today, and the people who made them. Each book looks at one specific part of history and clearly shows how things were in the past and how they have changed over time. Each book in the series contains full colour illustrations, a table of contents and an index. ... Read more

22. Dynamic Timing Decisions Under Uncertainty: Essays on Invention, Innovation and Exploration in Resource Economics (Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems)
by Nguyen M. Hung, Nguyen V. Quyen
 Paperback: 194 Pages (1994-04-28)
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This book deals with dynamic timing decisions underuncertainty in thecontext of exhaustible resources.Adopting the dynamic programming techniqueof decomposing alarge and complex problem into smaller and simpler ones, thebook offers a unified treatment of the important subjects ofexploration and technological innovation in the economicsofexhaustible resources. These processes generate the dynamicsof an economic system and might induce this system to switchfrom one dynamic regime to another. The question of how andwhen a policy maker should switchregimes is the main themethroughout the book. The approach offered can beused tostudy similar problems in industrial organization ordynamicmacroeconomics. ... Read more

23. Ideas, inventions, innovations
by Gerald G. Udell
Paperback: 28 Pages (1992-01-01)
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This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's large-scale digitization efforts. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of uses. The digital reformatting process results in an electronic version of the original text that can be both accessed online and used to create new print copies. The Library also understands and values the usefulness of print and makes reprints available to the public whenever possible. This book and hundreds of thousands of others can be found in the HathiTrust, an archive of the digitized collections of many great research libraries. For access to the University of Michigan Library's digital collections, please see http://www.lib.umich.edu and for information about the HathiTrust, please visit http://www.hathitrust.org ... Read more

24. Inventions, innovations, and economic growth in Sweden: An appraisal of the Schumpeterian theory (Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis)
by Christos Papahristodoulou
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25. Informational Society: An Economic Theory of Discovery, Invention and Innovation
by Alfred L. Norman
Hardcover: 368 Pages (1992-12-31)
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Society continually promotes and adjusts to technologicalchange. While mainstream economic thought assumes tastes andtechnology as given, it has had little to say about how society haspromoted and adjusted to technological change.
The book presents a utopian design for society in the 21st centurywhose purpose is to promote discovery, invention and innovation, whichhave become the principal aspects of national state competition.
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26. Inventions Innovations Discovers
by Desmond
 Hardcover: 256 Pages (1987-03-23)

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27. Leading and Managing Creators, Inventors, and Innovators: The Art, Science, and Craft of Fostering Creativity, Triggering Invention, and Catalyzing Innovation ... Innovation, and Knowledge Management)
Hardcover: 390 Pages (2007-03-30)
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The development of an enterpising culture is a primary objective of progressive nations and organizations. While entrepreneurship may occur as a natural result of personal drive, it occurs most often, most robustly, and is most sustainable in environments designed to encourage it. This book showcases emerging research, theory, and practice in the management of creativity, invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Featuring cases and examples from around the world and from a diverse array of industries, the authors explore such issues as organizational design, knowledge management, and technology transfer, providing valuable insights for researchers, educators, students, technology professionals, business executives, scientists, and policymakers concerned with promoting entrepreneurship and its impact on organizational and economic growth.

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28. The Furniture of George Hunzinger: Invention and Innovation in Nineteenth-Century America
by Barry Robert Harwood
Paperback: 168 Pages (1997-11)
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5-0 out of 5 stars An insightful look at 19th century U.S.patent furniture.
A meticulously documented look at a fascinating furniture designer of the turn of the century. The book depicts the Hunzinger exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and gives the reader an understanding of what makes this period ofpatent furniture so inovative. A must for the collector! It lets youidentifypieces whether or not they are signed. A must for the restorer!It describes original upholstery.

5-0 out of 5 stars A remarkable work on a 19th cent. American furntiture maker.
Barry Harwood has compiled a remarkable amount of material on one of the most elusive furniture makers to emerge in late 19th century America.Harwood'simpressive catalog, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art's extensivecollection of Hunzinger furniture, documents theimpact of this nearlyforgotten designer on late 19th-century American taste.Many of the chairsshow the splendid upholstery of the day; others show surprisingly pareddown designs which have been called "proto-modern" in spirit. ... Read more

29. Timberland Invention Factory.(sustained innovation- case study)(conversation with vice president Doug Clark)(Interview)(Company overview): An article from: Human Resource Planning
by Bill Stopper
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Title: Timberland Invention Factory.(sustained innovation- case study)(conversation with vice president Doug Clark)(Interview)(Company overview)
Author: Bill Stopper
Publication: Human Resource Planning (Magazine/Journal)
Date: September 1, 2006
Publisher: Thomson Gale
Volume: 29Issue: 3Page: 31(3)

Article Type: Company overview, Interview

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30. From Invention to Innovation (The Johns Hopkins / AT& T Series in Telephone History)
 Hardcover: 182 Pages (1985-06-01)
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31. Technology Transfer: From Invention to Innovation (NATO Science Partnership Sub-Series: 4:)
Hardcover: 376 Pages (1999-02-28)
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Technology transfer has expanded rapidly over the past 20 yearsin Western Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim. It has beenestimated that some 50% of new products and processes will originateoutside the primary developer; academic and other researchinstitutions are obvious sources of much of this new technology. In the NATO Co-operating countries, however, technology transfer is inits infancy; it is crucial for wealth creation and improvement in thequality of life that this mechanism is developed. The papers selectedfor inclusion in this book discuss issues related to the developmentof technology transfer in NATO Co-operating countries. The bookidentifies crucial research issues for science and technology policyresearchers and, as a conclusion, offers some policy recommendations.The authors are drawn from NATO and Co-operating partner countries,from other parts of the world, and from international organisations.The focus of the book is on the institutional framework of knowledgeand technology transfer; intellectual property rights as sources ofinformation and tools for co-operation; international, national andregional aspects of knowledge and technology dissemination anddiffusion; and networking. Audience: Academic institutions, research institutes,intellectual property practitioners, science and technology policymakers, technology transfer managers, high-tech industries. ... Read more

32. Innovation Management in Global Networks: Challenge and Chance
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Innovations today are the products of tomorrow – this has to be the maxim of top management in order to successfully introduce innovative products and services to the market.

This book examines innovation management from a network perspective. Several renowned authors from practice and scientific world alike consider different aspects of innovation management in the context of global networks. This will include the illustration of its challenges and chances as well as the development of promising strategies for innovation management in networks. Recommendations will be derived that help top management to utilise innovations for the sustainable development of the company. Among other aspects, the innovation process, innovation co-operation, personnel aspects as well as marketing issues and innovation tools will be discussed.

This book has a clear focus on innovation in practice as many cases among various branches including the service sector are presented. Nevertheless, empirical results from selected studies will be illustrated that make this book even a valuable reading for scientific researchers of innovation management as well as interested students of this field.

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33. Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005 (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation)
by Paul E. Ceruzzi
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2008-04-30)
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Much of the world's Internet management and governance takes place in a corridor extending west from Washington, DC, through northern Virginia toward Washington Dulles International Airport. Much of the United States' military planning and analysis takes place here as well. At the center of that corridor is Tysons Corner—an unincorporated suburban crossroads once dominated by dairy farms and gravel pits. Today, the government contractors and high- tech firms—companies like DynCorp, CACI, Verisign, and SAIC—that now populate this corridor have created an "Internet Alley" off the Washington Beltway. In Internet Alley, Paul Ceruzzi examines this compact area of intense commercial development and describes its transformation into one of the most dynamic and prosperous regions in the country.

Ceruzzi explains how a concentration of military contractors carrying out weapons analysis, systems engineering, operations research, and telecommunications combined with suburban growth patterns to drive the region's development. The dot-com bubble's burst was offset here, he points out, by the government's growing national security-related need for information technology. Ceruzzi looks in detail at the nature of the work carried out by these government contractors and how it can be considered truly innovative in terms of both technology and management.

Today in Tysons Corner, clusters of sleek new office buildings housing high-technology companies stand out against the suburban landscape, and the upscale Tysons Galleria Mall is neighbor to a government-owned radio tower marked by a sign warning visitors not to photograph or sketch it. Ceruzzi finds that a variety of perennially relevant issues intersect here, making it both a literal and figurative crossroads: federal support of scientific research, the shift of government activities to private contractors, local politics of land use, and the postwar movement from central cities to suburbs. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Explaining the Explosion of Tech Companies in Tysons Corner & the Dulles Corridor.
"Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner 1945-2005" is a catchy title, if a little confusing. "Internet Alley" refers to the concentration of computer service companies along the Dulles Corridor, not Tysons Corner, where technical service firms with big defense contracts are concentrated. Paul E. Ceruzzi, who is the Curator of the National Air and Space Museum, discusses the explosion of high-tech firms in both areas and makes the occasional foray to Reston, Bailey's Crossroads, and Ballston too. "Internet Alley" is about where and why so many high-tech industries make their homes in Northern Virginia in general, with perhaps a concentration on Tysons Corner, an area of nearly 4 square miles just outside the Capital Beltway, 10 miles west of Washington, DC. Those buildings in Tysons Corner are divided between McLean, Falls Church, and Vienna addresses.

But they are all in Tysons Corner, regardless of what city they're in. Tysons Corner does the second-highest retail sales in the Eastern United States -second to Manhattan- a fact that Ceruzzi does not mention. That's because this book specifically addresses the growth of the tech industry(s) in Northern Virginia. Retail and residential growth are tangential. If you're looking for information about the history of development in Tysons Corner, "This Was Tysons Corner, Virginia: Facts and Photos" by Connie and Mayo Stuntz looks at the area since the 18th century. But it doesn't say who created the need for so much office space or why they chose Tysons Corner. That is where "Internet Alley" comes in. It's short on history of the physical development but explains why these areas came to be packed with tech companies in the latter half of the 20th century.

As any Northern Virginian knows, it's the federal government. "Internet Alley" follows the alliance between scientists and the military that began during World War II and continues today in the form of high-tech defense contracts for firms in Tysons Corner. Ceruzzi contrasts that situation to the more independent and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley, and he mentions some ways in which developers have adapted to meet the needs of sensitive government agencies. I found the most interesting discussion to be in chapter 5, where Ceruzzi talks about the unique qualities of for-profit companies that do government work and exist on federal dollars. There are chapters on the construction of major roads, retail centers, and the Tysons Corner economy as it coincides with changes in defense spending, though they do not offer a lot of detail.

I live just inside Tysons Planning District, on Tysons Corner's outer, less-dense edge. I wouldn't want anyone to get the impression that Tysons Corner is a nice place. All that federal money creates a lot of jobs and insulates Northern Virginia somewhat from economic downturns. But the quality of life is poor and gets worse with every new building or road. I mention this because "Internet Alley" has a pro-growth slant. If you're looking for in-depth information about development in Tysons Corner in the past 50 years, that book hasn't been written yet. Ceruzzi writes about the tech companies, not the buildings they occupy. It's not comprehensive. For example, he doesn't mention Amazon's presence in Ashburn. But "Internet Alley offers insight into why Tysons Corner and the Dulles Corridor filled with tech firms, which books and articles on development do not.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, Engagingly Written
I picked up this book with not the highest expectations.There would be so many ways to do it wrong.Concentrate on corporate egomaniacs.Leave out the history and politics of the physical development of Tyson's corner.Make it so highly technical that only a network engineer could understand it.

Happily, Paul Ceruzzi avoided all these pitfalls and wrote a truly holistic history of Tyson's Corner and the Dulles corridor.The dairy farmers and gravel pit operators who originally owned most of the land are discussed.The complex origins of the internet are laid out well, including a few enduring mysteries (how *did* Network Solutions get that contract?).The rise and struggles of Tyson Corner's malls are discussed.And so are the origins of government contracting, which Ceruzzi rightly points out was actually an innovative response to the logistical demands of WW II.

In other hands, this might have been dry stuff indeed, but Ceruzzi writes in an engaging, friendly, conversational style.I picked it up to read for 20 minutes before going to sleep and ended up going through 5 chapters.

While not an expert in this field, I have worked for more than a decade in the IT business in and around "Internet Alley," know some of the players involved in the pre-web internet world, and live in the Dulles Corridor.The highest compliment I can pay as a reader with some special knowledge is to say that I found no mistakes and learned plenty of stuff that I didn't know -- including the fact that I once unknowingly worked only 100 yards from MAE-East, then the most important internet node in the world.And I finally learned who built that weird radio tower across the street from my office - and why.

This book will be of strong interest to anyone involved in the IT industry -- especially if their career has been in on the East coast -- but more broadly to anyone living in the DC Metro area or with an interest in urban history.You'll not only learn a lot, but it's also a fun read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb History
No question about it, Tyson's Corner and the Dulles corridor in northern Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., is a high-technology powerhouse. Living off the federal government, especially the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, several corporations have grown fat on government spending.

"Internet Alley: High Technology in Tyson's Corner, 1945-2005" by Paul Ceruzzi, my colleague at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, is an extremely useful and well-crafted account of the many ways in which expanding government requirements, technological developments, growing regional transportation needs, and commerce have come together in the growth of areas surrounding Washington since World War II.

The book clearly has value to readers interested in the history of the federal government, the relationship between technology and society, and those of us that reside inside the beltway. But it is much more; it represents an outstanding case study of the effects which the combinations of these economic, political, and social factors have had on the United States over the past sixty years. ... Read more

34. 201 Thoughts To Ignite Innovation
by David E. Rogers, Amy L. Hartzer
Paperback: 214 Pages (2009)
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This book will inspire anyone who ever had an invention or new product idea to pursue it. Information-packed and a quick read, it will teach you about innovation from A to Z, including how to inspire creativity and new ideas, how to protect innovation through patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights, and how to profit from inventions and innovation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Innovation is what makes the world turn
Innovation is what makes the world turn. "201 Thoughts to Ignite Innovation: A Quick Guide to Patents, Trademarks, and Innovation, Real-World Success Stories & Inspirational Quotes" is a collection of these ideas that could spur one's creativity. Each page has a short and simple piece of wisdom that can help business owners figure out how to help their company. "201 Thoughts to Ignite Innovation" is the perfect tool to combat a business's creative block. ... Read more

35. Democratizing Innovation
by Eric Von Hippel
Paperback: 216 Pages (2006-04-01)
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Innovation is rapidly becoming democratized. Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology, increasingly can develop their own new products and services. These innovating users—both individuals and firms—often freely share their innovations with others, creating user-innovation communities and a rich intellectual commons. In Democratizing Innovation, Eric von Hippel looks closely at this emerging system of user-centered innovation. He explains why and when users find it profitable to develop new products and services for themselves, and why it often pays users to reveal their innovations freely for the use of all.

The trend toward democratized innovation can be seen in software and information products—most notably in the free and open-source software movement—but also in physical products. Von Hippel's many examples of user innovation in action range from surgical equipment to surfboards to software security features. He shows that product and service development is concentrated among "lead users," who are ahead on marketplace trends and whose innovations are often commercially attractive.

Von Hippel argues that manufacturers should redesign their innovation processes and that they should systematically seek out innovations developed by users. He points to businesses—the custom semiconductor industry is one example—that have learned to assist user-innovators by providing them with toolkits for developing new products. User innovation has a positive impact on social welfare, and von Hippel proposes that government policies, including R&D subsidies and tax credits, should be realigned to eliminate biases against it. The goal of a democratized user-centered innovation system, says von Hippel, is well worth striving for. An electronic version of this book is available under a Creative Commons license. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Book on the Subject
Innovation is today considered one of the main driving forces behind the economic growth.Traditionally it has been assumed that the source of all innovation stems from the producers and manufacturers, while the consumers were imagined to be just passive beneficiaries of the new products and services. This model in fact never corresponded to the reality, and with the increasing accessibility of tools and information it is even less adequate today. In the light of that, the purpose of this report is to shed some light on the increasingly complex and intricate relation between producers and consumers, especially those lead consumers who actively engage in making products that they use better suited for their particular very specialized needs.

The report uses many examples from various groups of consumers: mountain bikers, kite surfers, construction workers, open software developers, and many others. The report, however, is not meant to be a collection of case studies, but aims for a higher theoretical understanding of consumer-driven innovation. There are many very detailed charts and statistical analyses strewn throughout this report, as well as some very sophisticated mathematical modeling. Because of all of this the suitable audience for this report will probably consist of advanced business professionals and academic researchers. Nonetheless, the report is very clearly written and eschews much of the technical academic jargon. Thus, many of its main points could be appreciated by the general audience that is interested in the way innovation occurs in the marketplace today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book very interesting
Buy it for a course of the University, the content of the book is very interesting, it becomes trained the process to continue if you want to have innovative initiatives., although I don't recommend to buy it, unless you like to conserve the book in hard cory, you can get gratuitously in internet, since the author of the book allows to copy it for educational ends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Put your users to work!
As von Hippel pointed out in an article, the popularizer of "Open Innovation" focused on all the stakeholders in innovation except the most important: the users.

The customer or user has been von Hippel's focus since he coined the terms "customer-active paradigm" of innovation in the 70s; and "Lead Users", "sticky information", and "user toolkits" in the following decades. His early research focused on high-tech B2B firms, but Democratizing provides examples from B2C and C2C as well.

Recommended to anyone who wants to tap into the richest source of product innovation: the user.

4-0 out of 5 stars the future of mass collaboration
A rather academic approach on the subject leave the reading in some sections somehow difficult for those not use to technicalities of the researcher, but a very well written book overall. The book clearly identifies a path on the future trend on mass collaboration and how this will affect us in many ways. How our personal live and businesses will effected by this is already on the making, what we can do is to better understand it. This book does that.

I strongly suggest reading it for those interested in what the future will look like. The book pair off with
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

4-0 out of 5 stars User-innovations: a world without specialization and trade?
"Democratizing Innovation" means "innovating of oneself", for doing that one gets exactly what one wants, and not what manufacturers think the "average" user wants. The book claims that a key advantage of "democratizing innovation" is that the user is also the supplier. Uninhibited by legal barriers to entry like patents, user-innovators, unlike seller-innovators, are free to share their innovations with whoever they want.

Chapters 2-9 deal with different attractive aspects of user-innovations such as the fact that the output of innovation activities can be customized, or that user-innovations are cheaper than their seller-innovation counterparts. Revealed usefulness means that user-innovations spread faster than other innovations. They also meet the characteristics of public goods. As an example the book points to "free-open source software". Hence, the book argues for a public policy that supports user-innovation because it is "democratizing". Moreover, the increasing quality and quantity of computer software and hardware, and easy access to innovation tools and innovation commons points to future demand for user-innovations, a case made clear by the applications described in the last two chapters.

Given resource scarcity, a world without specialization and trade is hard to imagine,but this is a thought provoking book, nonetheless.

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36. The structure of invention [An article from: Research Policy]
by W.B. Arthur
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This paper explores the process by which radically novel technologies - ones such as radar, the turbojet, or the polymerase chain reaction - come into being. It shows that this process - ''invention'' - has a certain logical structure common to all cases. Invention is a process of linking some purpose or need with an effect that can be exploited to satisfy it. It may begin with a purpose or need for which existing methods are not satisfactory; this forces the seeking of a new principle (the idea of an effect in action). Or it may begin with a phenomenon or effect itself - usually a freshly discovered one - for which some associated principle of use suggests itself. Either way, translating this base principle into physical reality requires the creation of suitable working parts and supporting technologies. These raise their own challenges or problems, the solution of which may raise further challenges. As a result, invention is a recursive process: it repeats until each challenge or problem (and subproblem, and sub-subproblem) resolves itself into one that can be physically dealt with. It is challenging, usually lengthy, part-conceptual, and part-experimental. ... Read more

37. Victorian Technology: Invention, Innovation, and the Rise of the Machine (Victorian Life and Times)
by Herbert Sussman
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Victorian Technology: Invention, Innovation, and the Rise of the Machine captures the extraordinary surge of energy and invention that catapulted 19th-century England into the position of the world's first industrialized nation. It was an astonishing transformation, one that shaped—and was shaped by—the values of the Victorian era, and that laid the groundwork for the consumer-based society in which we currently live.

Filled with vivid details and fascinating insights into the impact of the Industrial Revolution on peoples' lives, Victorian Technology locates the forerunners of the defining technologies of the our time in 19th-century England: the computer, the Internet, mass transit, and mass communication. Readers will encounter the innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs behind history-making breakthroughs in communications (the transatlantic cable, wireless communication), mass production (the integrated factory), transportation (railroads, gliders, automobiles), and more.

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38. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation)
by Kurt W. Beyer
Hardcover: 408 Pages (2009-09-30)
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Winning entry, General Trade Cover/Jacket Category, in the 2010 New England Book Show sponsored by Bookbuilders of Boston.

A Hollywood biopic about the life of computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper (1906–1992) would go like this: a young professor abandons the ivy-covered walls of academia to serve her country in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and finds herself on the front lines of the computer revolution. She works hard to succeed in the all-male computer industry, is almost brought down by personal problems but survives them, and ends her career as a celebrated elder stateswoman of computing, a heroine to thousands, hailed as the inventor of computer programming. Throughout Hopper's later years, the popular media told this simplified version of her life story. In Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer goes beyond the screenplay-ready myth to reveal a more authentic Hopper, a vibrant and complex woman whose career paralleled the meteoric trajectory of the postwar computer industry.

Hopper made herself "one of the boys" in Howard Aiken's wartime Computation Laboratory at Harvard, then moved on to the Eckert and Mauchly Computer Corporation. Both rebellious and collaborative, she was influential in male-dominated military and business organizations at a time when women were encouraged to devote themselves to housework and childbearing. Hopper's greatest technical achievement was to create the tools that would allow humans to communicate with computers in terms other than ones and zeroes. This advance influenced all future programming and software design and laid the foundation for the development of user-friendly personal computers.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating combination of biography and history.
Difficult to write a review of this book because the eight existing reviews have already expressed a lot of my thoughts.

I was trained on UNIVAC computers in 1962.Eventually, spent 21 years of my life programming computers.Got a chance to chat with Grace Hopper a couple of times in her Pentagon office back in 1970.

This book does a masterful job of telling how it all came about especially from the perspective of someone who's done a lot of programming.

When I got involved with UNIVAC computers in 1962, the invention of the basics of the digital computer and high order programming languages were essentially complete.I found it fascinating to read about the early machines and the struggle by the programmers to communicate with them and to get the results they needed.The technical descriptions of the machines involved don't tell me as much about what's really going on as the descriptions of the early efforts to program them.

A great read.A much needed combination of biography and history.

4-0 out of 5 stars History vs biography -- history won
This book brought home to me the difference between history and biography.As a 50-year computer veteran (wrote my first program in 1959) I appreciated many of the firsts and trends that the author highlights.However, I got very little sense of Grace Hopper the person behind the technical and organizational achievements he celebrates.As an example, did she really just casually discard a marriage in order to enlist in the Navy?We're told she had a wonderful sense of humor but in the entire book there's only one example of an office prank she instigated.The author packs the last 20 years of her life into the last 25 pages of the book, and much of that was interspersed with retrospective material.Surely there was more to Cmdr Hopper's life in those years than her honors and awards, but we see none of it.

As history, however, the book misses one of Hopper's most important contributions -- the notion of an industry-wide standard.Hopper's work to convene the CODASYL group was the first of a long line of standards efforts (including ICANN and the rest of the Internet infrastructure) without which the Information Age would have withered for lack of cross-enterprise fertilization.

4-0 out of 5 stars Grace Hopper Review
Excellent book for someone who has been a programmer. It shows the beginning of programming languages, compilers, flow charts all though the eyes of the first woman in computers, Grace Hopper.

The book was a little slow in the beginning and then picks up speed.

It also helps understand how different management styles played a role in early computer development.

5-0 out of 5 stars a good read
I bought this for my husband for his birthday. He is a computer engineer. He read the book in three or four days and enjoyed it. We bought a second copy for my sister for Christmas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grace Hopper is hot
Well you only need to look at the cover of this book to realize that it is going to be a good read. When last did you see a computer programmer that looked like this! All I can say is . Not only does Grace look beautiful on the cover, but the black satin finish of this well proportioned hardcover adds to the appeal. The way she subtly grasps her left hand with her right while nonchalantly cradling her cigarette seems to say 'I mean business'. And her hair fading into the dark background suggests a military firmness that served her well. Of course none of that touches on the true greatness of this book, which is to herald a true pioneer of modern day computing. Without Grace Hopper, we might not have programming as it exists today. This is one rear admiral that truly floats my boat! ... Read more

39. The Canadian inventions book: Innovations, discoveries, and firsts
by Janis Nostbakken
 Paperback: 159 Pages (1976)

Isbn: 0919872247
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40. American Indian Contributions to the World: 15,000 Years of Inventions and Innovations
by Kay Marie Porterfield, Emory Dean Keoke
Paperback: 400 Pages (2003-08)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$75.00
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Asin: 0816053677
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for School Research and Reports
This book is NOT just about the 'American Indian' located in the US. This book lists contributions for the MesoAmerican Aztecs, Incas and Mayans too.You can search for contributions and inventions based on Indian Group or Time period.Then, there is a description of the detail of the specific invention, all in alphabetical order.This is a super resource for students doing reports for Spanish class, History and even Science.Add this book to your home library!

5-0 out of 5 stars American Indian Accomplishments
This is the best book on American Indian Contributions. A lot of research. Used the information on my book "Indians In The Americas"
under my chapter "American Indian Accomplishments. My own 20 years research on Indian accomplishments were no comparison to the detailed explaniations and bibliography in "American Indian Accomplishments." A great deal of insight to a past and future culture that was never given proper credit for all their inventions and adaptation that we are all taking advantage of today.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book on a largely ignored subject
This is a very well researched and comprehensive book. It is quite monumental in its scope. To give you an example, I opened the book at random to page 139. One of the listings on this page is Ipecac. Many households know about this medication. It is
usually used to induce vomiting. Children often swallow things they should not. The books goes into some detail about where the plant was first found, how it is refined, and how it came to be used by Europeans. It then lists some sources for further reading.

It also has a great Appendix section. It shows which tribes lived where, including many good maps. The Chronology section lists when different things were discovered or invented by the indigenous people. It also has an appendix which lists the book's
entries by area, by subject and by which tribal group is associated with that item.

I know how long it took me to do the research associated with my book. I can only guess that the authors spent a very long time putting together the material in this book.

EAICW has a plethora of listings and information. EAICW is 384 pages long and measures (in inches): 1.19 x 11.20 x 8.44. It is a BIG book. It would make an excellent addition to any well stocked library.

I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
As a mother of two teenagers, I wanted to find a resource on the history and contributions of American Indians to complement the rather scanty information they have received in school about the vital and facinating contributions of the American Indian cultures and communities that have graced our land. This book has been read and enjoyed by the whole family. The authors' accessible writing style, the user-friendly format and the generous use of illustrations make this a book I would recommend for families and teachers alike. As a teacher myself with a master's degree in education, I have a critical eye when it comes to reference books. This is one of the best I've ever come across. Thanks for writing it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Reviews Speak for Themselves
American Indian Contributions to the World is the paperback version of the Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World.The awards it has won and some of the print reviews this book has received are listed below.

Winner 11th Annual Colorado Book Award, Collections and Anthologies

Winner Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Writer of the Year, Creative Reference Work, 2002

Selected by Booklist as Editors Choice Reference Source, 2002

"This is a well-written book with fascinating information and wonderful pictures. It should be in every public, school, and academic library for its depth of research and amazing wealth of knowledge. We've starred this title because it is eye-opening and thought-provoking, and there is nothing else quite like it."Booklist Starred Review

"[an] interesting, informative, and inspiring book." Native Peoples Magazine

"I would strongly urge anyone with a kernel of intellectual curiosity: teacher, administrator, researcher, lawyer, politician, writer, to buy this book. I guarantee it will enlighten, stimulate and entertain...Native students and indigenous instructors must obtain their own copies of the Encyclopedia. Whether Cree, Mayan or Penobscot they will find a deep source of pride on each and every page. I can well imagine the excitement of Native teachers when they obtain the book followed by an eagerness to share its contents with everyone within reach.

"I hope the Encyclopedia will serve as the basis for an entirely new approach to Native history, one in which the scholar is liberated from the anti-Indian texts of the recent past. Ideally, a copy of the Encyclopedia should be in every class in every school across the hemisphere." News from Indian Country

"Highly recommended for academic libraries keeping collections about American Indians." Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

"Native accomplishments finally get their due in this award-winning book." American Indian Report

"A treasure trove of information about the large range of technologies and productions of Indian peoples.This is indeed the most comprehensive compilation of American Indian inventions and contributions to date. It is most worthwhile and should be on the bookshelves of every library and home in America." Indian Country Today

"This large, well-illustrated volume is an excellent reference. One of the important strengths of the encyclopedia is that the information provided is balanced and rooted in facts, not speculation. Highly recommended." Multicultural Review

"Far from the stereotypical idea that Native Americans were uncultured and simple, possessing only uncomplicated inventions such as bows and arrows or canoes, these varied cultures donated a rich assortment of ideas and items to the world. This book can be recommended to libraries that support an interdisciplinary approach to student learning, such as units that integrate biology and culture studies projects." VOYA:Voice of Youth Advocates

"...a comprehensive, unique A to Z reference to the vast offerings made by the American Indians throughout history."Winds of Change (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) ... Read more

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