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James Burke (1) (1936–)

Author of Connections

For other authors named James Burke, see the disambiguation page.

28+ Works 4,489 Members 46 Reviews 14 Favorited

About the Author

James Burke's contributes a monthly column to Scientific American and serves as director, writer and host of the television series Connections 3, which airs on the Learning Channel.

Series

Works by James Burke

Connections (1978) 1,297 copies
The Day the Universe Changed (1985) 1,219 copies
The Axemaker's Gift (1995) 289 copies
The Iron Horse and I (1992) 4 copies

Associated Works

Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing (1997) — Foreword — 111 copies
Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse (2001) — Introduction — 49 copies
Wizards and Their Wonders (1997) — Introduction — 17 copies
Connections 1 [1978 TV mini series] — Presenter — 10 copies
Connections 2 [1978 TV mini series] (1994) — Presenter — 9 copies

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A good sampler of human ingenuity and invention through random social connections. Entertaining and informative, and perhaps an incentive for many to read more deeply and widely. On the other hand, this random-evolution thesis seems to underplay the increasingly narrowed deep pursuits of 20th century science (and science funding by governments). It's intentionally intriguing and provocative, but not ideal for teaching history of science and technology, or how societies can acquire and apply knowledge to seek collective goals.… (more)
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sfj2 | 16 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
Like his TV programs, this book does show how everything is connected to everything else, and usually no in simple ways.
 
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mykl-s | 16 other reviews | Aug 11, 2023 |
The content and format are duplicated from the TV series, but I don't know if the text is a direct transcript. Illustrations are probably from the show.
For each of ten pivotal changes in scientific or social thought, Burke gives the background laeding up to the change, and explains how it happened and why it was important.

New discoveries and interpretations have made some of his commentary obsolete or in need of revision, but most of the history and science is still correct (AFAIK anyway).

Very accessible to advanced middle-school or high-school readers.
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librisissimo | 16 other reviews | Dec 22, 2022 |
I loved this show when it first aired and wanted to try the book, it's just as good, Burke really makes some surprising connections between inventions. Recommended for either science of history buffs.
 
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kevn57 | 16 other reviews | Dec 8, 2021 |

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