Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy por Tim Harford

December 13, 2019

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Titulo del libro: Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy
Autor: Tim Harford
ISBN: 0735216134

Tim Harford con Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy

A lively history seen through the fifty inventions that shaped it most profoundly, by the bestselling author of The Undercover Economist and Messy.

Who thought up paper money? What was the secret element that made the Gutenberg printing press possible? And what is the connection between The Da Vinci Code and the collapse of Lehman Brothers?

Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy paints an epic picture of change in an intimate way by telling the stories of the tools, people, and ideas that had far-reaching consequences for all of us. From the plough to artificial intelligence, from Gillette's disposable razor to IKEA's Billy bookcase, bestselling author and Financial Times columnist Tim Harford recounts each invention's own curious, surprising, and memorable story.

Invention by invention, Harford reflects on how we got here and where we might go next. He lays bare often unexpected connections: how the bar code undermined family corner stores, and why the gramophone widened inequality. In the process, he introduces characters who developed some of these inventions, profited from them, and were ruined by them, as he traces the principles that helped explain their transformative effects. The result is a wise and witty book of history, economics, and biography.

Review
Praise for Tim Harford and MESSY
Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration. Malcolm Gladwell
One of the best writers who also happens to be an economist. Stephen Dubner
Harford s argument goes beyond aesthetics, resurfacing over and over in his engrossing narrative. The New York Times Book Review
Utterly fascinating. Tim Harford shows that if you want to be creative and resilient, you need a little more disorder in your world. It s a masterful case for the life-changing magic of cluttering up. Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author ofOriginalsandGive and Take
Masterful. The Economist"

Praise for Tim Harford and MESSY
"Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration." --Malcolm Gladwell
"One of the best writers who also happens to be an economist." --Stephen Dubner
"Harford's argument goes beyond aesthetics, resurfacing over and over in his engrossing narrative." --The New York Times Book Review
"Utterly fascinating. Tim Harford shows that if you want to be creative and resilient, you need a little more disorder in your world. It's a masterful case for the life-changing magic of cluttering up."--Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
"Masterful." --The Economist

Praise for Tim Harford and MESSY

"Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration." --Malcolm Gladwell

"One of the best writers who also happens to be an economist." --Stephen Dubner

"Harford's argument goes beyond aesthetics, resurfacing over and over in his engrossing narrative." --The New York Times Book Review

"Utterly fascinating. Tim Harford shows that if you want to be creative and resilient, you need a little more disorder in your world. It's a masterful case for the life-changing magic of cluttering up."--Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

"Masterful." --The Economist

From the Inside Flap

Who thought up paper money? How did the contraceptive pill change the face of the legal profession? Why was the horse collar as important for human progress as the steam engine? How did the humble spreadsheet turn the world of finance upside-down?

The world economy defies comprehension. A continuously-changing system of immense complexity, it offers over ten billion distinct products and services, doubles in size every fifteen years, and links almost every one of the planet's seven billion people. It delivers astonishing luxury to hundreds of millions. It also leaves hundreds of millions behind, puts tremendous strains on the ecosystem, and has an alarming habit of stalling. Nobody is in charge of it. Indeed, no individual understands more than a fraction of what's going on.
How can we make sense of this bewildering system on which our lives depend?

From the tally-stick to Bitcoin, the canal lock to the jumbo jet, each invention in Tim Harford's fascinating new book has its own curious, surprising and memorable story, a vignette against a grand backdrop. Step by step, readers will start to understand where we are, how we got here, and where we might be going next.

Hidden connections will be laid bare: how the barcode undermined family corner shops; why the gramophone widened inequality; how barbed wire shaped America. We'll meet the characters who developed some of these inventions, profited from them, or were ruined by them. We'll trace the economic principles that help to explain their transformative effects. And we'll ask what lessons we can learn to make wise use of future inventions, in a world where the pace of innovation will only accelerate.


Tim Harford is an award-winning journalist, economist, and broadcaster. He's the author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist, Messy, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Adapt, and The Logic of Life. Harford is currently a senior columnist at the Financial Times and host of the BBC Radio 4 program More or Less. He has been named Economics Commentator of the Year (2014), has won the Rybczynski Prize (2014-15) for the best business-relevant economics writing, and has won the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism (2006). He's a visiting fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University and lives in Oxford with his family.

  • Published on: 2017-08-29
  • Released on: 2017-08-29
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.31" h x 1.06" w x 6.38" l,
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 304 pages

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