My Review of The Pinball Effect: Journeys through Knowledge

The Pinball Effect: Journeys through Knowledge

The Pinball Effect: Journeys through Knowledge by James Burke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


James Burke is someone I regard as one of the treasures of the human race. I first fell in love with him with his series Connections, and then used his series The Day The Universe Changed when I taught a course on the History of Science. If you have any interest at all in science and technology you need to check him out. The pinball effect is what Burke calls the way seemingly unrelated bits of science, engineering, and technology become related. For instance, there is a relationship between Renaissance water gardens and the carburetor, which he explains. Of course, this is very much the theme of Connections, but that is just fine with me.

I listened to the audio book version of this.



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