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The Resource Fifty things that made the modern economy, Tim Harford

Fifty things that made the modern economy, Tim Harford

Label
Fifty things that made the modern economy
Title
Fifty things that made the modern economy
Statement of responsibility
Tim Harford
Title variation
50 things that made the modern economy
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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? 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
Summary
Describes the history of economic change through the 50 inventions that had the most impact and explores the hidden connections they share, from paper money and the horse collar, to bar codes and spreadsheets
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Writing style
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10572915
Cataloging source
NJB
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1973-
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Harford, Tim
Dewey number
330
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World economics
  • Economic development
  • Inventions
  • Economic history
  • Inventions
  • Economics
  • Economics
  • Economics
Target audience
adult
Label
Fifty things that made the modern economy, Tim Harford
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
1.The Plough -- Introduction -- I.Winners and Losers -- 2.The Gramophone -- 3.Barbed Wire -- 4.Seller Feedback -- 5.Google Search -- 6.Passports -- 7.Robots -- 8.The Welfare State -- II.Reinventing How We Live -- 9.Infant Formula -- 10.TV Dinners -- 11.The Pill -- 12.Video Games -- 13.Market Research -- 14.Air Conditioning -- 15.Department Stores -- III.Inventing New Systems -- 16.The Dynamo -- 17.The Shipping Container -- 18.The Barcode -- 19.The Cold Chain -- 20.Tradable Debt and the Tally Stick -- 21.Billy Bookcase -- 22.The Elevator -- IV.Ideas About Ideas -- 23.Cuneiform -- 24.Public Key Cryptography -- 25.Double-Entry Bookkeeping -- 26.Limited Liability Companies -- 27.Management Consulting -- 28.Intellectual Property -- 29.The Compiler -- V.Where Do Inventions Come From? -- 30.The iPhone -- 31.Diesel Engines -- 32.Clocks -- 33.The Haber-Bosch Process -- 34.Radar -- 35.Batteries -- 36.Plastic -- VI.The Visible Hand -- 37.The Bank -- 38.Razors and Blades -- 39.Tax Havens -- 40.Leaded Petrol -- 41.Antibiotics in Farming -- 42.M-Pesa -- 43.Property Registers -- VII.Inventing the Wheel -- 44.Paper -- 45.Index Funds -- 46.The S-bend -- 47.Paper Money -- 48.Concrete -- 49.Insurance -- Conclusion: Looking forward -- 50.Epilogue: The Light Bulb
Control code
000060537019
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9781408709115
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017431432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)999383401
Label
Fifty things that made the modern economy, Tim Harford
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
1.The Plough -- Introduction -- I.Winners and Losers -- 2.The Gramophone -- 3.Barbed Wire -- 4.Seller Feedback -- 5.Google Search -- 6.Passports -- 7.Robots -- 8.The Welfare State -- II.Reinventing How We Live -- 9.Infant Formula -- 10.TV Dinners -- 11.The Pill -- 12.Video Games -- 13.Market Research -- 14.Air Conditioning -- 15.Department Stores -- III.Inventing New Systems -- 16.The Dynamo -- 17.The Shipping Container -- 18.The Barcode -- 19.The Cold Chain -- 20.Tradable Debt and the Tally Stick -- 21.Billy Bookcase -- 22.The Elevator -- IV.Ideas About Ideas -- 23.Cuneiform -- 24.Public Key Cryptography -- 25.Double-Entry Bookkeeping -- 26.Limited Liability Companies -- 27.Management Consulting -- 28.Intellectual Property -- 29.The Compiler -- V.Where Do Inventions Come From? -- 30.The iPhone -- 31.Diesel Engines -- 32.Clocks -- 33.The Haber-Bosch Process -- 34.Radar -- 35.Batteries -- 36.Plastic -- VI.The Visible Hand -- 37.The Bank -- 38.Razors and Blades -- 39.Tax Havens -- 40.Leaded Petrol -- 41.Antibiotics in Farming -- 42.M-Pesa -- 43.Property Registers -- VII.Inventing the Wheel -- 44.Paper -- 45.Index Funds -- 46.The S-bend -- 47.Paper Money -- 48.Concrete -- 49.Insurance -- Conclusion: Looking forward -- 50.Epilogue: The Light Bulb
Control code
000060537019
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9781408709115
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017431432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)999383401

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