Technology, Invention and Industry
This book from the SISCON series contains stories of inventions, studies two important modern industries (plastics and microelectronics) and looks at the effects of their developments on society in the 1980s.
Chapters in this booklet are:
*Ingredients for invention - Market pull, scientific knowledge, Technological research, Process development and production, Invention push, Patents, Four stories of invention
*Research and development in industry - Acceleration, Research and benefit, Picking the winner
*Case-study of plastics - Need and chance, Science steps in, The large chemical firms emerge, The first synthetic rubber, Making fabrics, The explosion of polythene, Plastics everywhere, Plastics and the natural environment, Plastics for medicine, Building and roads
*Case-study of microelectronics - Waves without wires, Crystals and cat's whiskers, Triumph of the valves, Twenty years of slow research, Radar needs microelectronics, Tiny, pure and very difficult to make, The arrival of the silicon chip, The space race, Chips for computers, New developments, The computer future and its social effects
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