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Discovery, Innovation, and Risk By Newton H. Copp

Discovery, Innovation, and Risk
by Newton H. Copp

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Discovery, Innovation, and Risk presents brief descriptions of selected scientific principles in the context of interesting technological examples to illustrate the complex interplay among science, engineering, and society.
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Discovery, Innovation, and Risk: Case Studies in Science and Technology by Newton H. Copp

How do scientific principles work in the real world? Discovery, Innovation, and Risk presents brief descriptions of selected scientific principles in the context of interesting technological examples to illustrate the complex interplay among science, engineering, and society. An understanding of scientific principles is developed through the technology rather than in isolation from it. Drawn from significant contributions to modern culture that arose during the Second Industrial Revolution, examples depict events in each of the major divisions of engineering, touch on key principles in physics, chemistry, and biology, and introduce the important concept of risk. Case studies in the first section emphasize technological developments growing directly from scientific discoveries. These cases include telegraphy and the origin of telecommunications as an application of discoveries in electromagnetism, hydroelectric power as an outgrowth of Faraday's work in electromagnetic induction, and the airplane as a product of the Wright brothers' scientific approach to an engineering problem. Case studies in the second section show that technological innovation can proceed without a full understanding of the underlying science, as in the development of steam power for use in electric power plants, the production of gasoline from crude oil, and the development of prestressed concrete for use in building bridges. The fact that new technological developments often bring risks is amply illustrated in the third section by case studies on vaccines, the greenhouse effect, and atomic power.

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About Newton H. Copp


Newton H. Copp is Associate Professor of Biology in the joint Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges of The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California. Andrew W. Zanella is Professor of Chemistry in the joint Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges of The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California.

Table of Contents


Part 1 Discovery: telegraphy - the beginnings; hydroelectric power - the irony of Los Angeles; the flying machine problem - the Wright stuff. Part 2 Innovation: fossil fuels, steam power and electricity - Los Angeles revisited; gasoline - from waste product to fuel; bridge design - concrete aesthetics. Part 3 Risk: vaccines - good intentions are not enough; the greenhouse effect - revolution involves risk; atomic power - difficulty in estimating cancer risks.

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GOR003635093
Discovery, Innovation, and Risk: Case Studies in Science and Technology by Newton H. Copp
Newton H. Copp
New Liberal Arts
Used - Very Good
Paperback
MIT Press Ltd
1992-12-22
437
0262531119
9780262531115
N/A
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