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by James Burke

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  • ISBN 0743226194
  • ISBN13 978-0743226196
  • Language English
  • Author James Burke
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (September 8, 2003)
  • Pages 288
  • Formats rtf mbr doc mobi
  • Category Different
  • Subcategory Humanities
  • Size ePub 1288 kb
  • Size Fb2 1460 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 220

Considers the nature of change, the qualities of the divine, and the origins of contemporary civilization, citing how divergent paths stemming from specific historical events subsequently converged in the modern world.

Twin Tracks is a landmark book of real-world stories that investigates the nature of change and divines as never before the unlikely origins of many aspects of contemporary life. In each of the work's twenty-five narratives.

Twin Tracks is a landmark book of real-world stories that investigates the nature of change and divines as never before the unlikely origins of many aspects of contemporary life.

In Twin Tracks, Burke connects "trigger events" with unexpected outcomes

In Twin Tracks, Burke connects "trigger events" with unexpected outcomes. For instance, the invention of the lens-grinding lathe leads to hairdressing, and the debut of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro connects to development of the stealth fighter jet. These events are tied together via two tracks, one written along the book's left-hand pages, and one along the right. The narratives meet up in the end, giving readers a clear idea that the lines of history can be quite subjective. In each of the work's twenty-five narratives, we discover how the different outcomes of an important historical event in the past often come together again in the future. Each chapter starts with an event - such as the . attack on Tripoli in 1804 - that generates two divergent series of consequences.

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black coffe
Fans of Burke's earlier work will be disappointed. He still engages the reader with warmth and humor, but the influential interrelation (often unintended) he described in works like "Connections" and "The Day the Universe Changed" have been largely reduced to the happenstance of proximity. He continues to offer up tidbits of history that are individually delectable, but he fails to deliver the intellectual banquets that he has, in the past, so consummately prepared.
Best West
Although enjoyable, this is not James Burkes best work. This does indeed seem more like "Six Degrees of Connections" at times. Without revealing any sequences here, there are cases that demonstrate Burke's "Trigger Effect". Unfortunately there are too many (for my taste anyway) cases of Mr. X was working on this invention and then he was walking on the sidewalk across from Mr. Y who became famous for something completely different. Because this work concentrates on torturously linking together people rather than connecting the innovations the narrative tends to blend together.
Gerceytone
An interesting take on the fascinating connections that make up the fabric of human progress...
Ynonno
This is an updated review. When I first purchased this book, the "twin tracks" presentation style was translated poorly across to the Kindle and I gave the review review 3 stars. Subsequently there was an update to the ebook format, which removed the problem, and I have upgraded my review to 5 stars.

If, like me, you're a fan of the chatty/side tracking historian - along the lines of Bill Bryson - then you'll love this book. If you want facts presented with little embellishment, I recommend you find another author.
Arashigore
Promptly delivered and just as described.
Lli
Burke is an excellent source for people getting an introduction to what is interesting about the history of ideas- in particular the history of techological and scientific ideas.

The reviewer Loveridge suggests that the connections are something like a superficial hopping about, and that really everything is related to everything using the principle of 6 degrees of freedom. This is a superficial analysis and unfair. Without giving away sequences in this book, consider a well known sequence of Burke's related in his popular Connections series. Use of the water wheel in medieval europe employed a cam to lift hammers for use in things like beating metal. This mechanism of cams as used by complicated bell ringing instruments that used a rotating drum with pegs to trip the bell at the correct time. This system of using trips recorded on a passing pattern of "0"s and "1"s, (do something or don't do something) was used in the Jaccard loom to create complicated patterns in woven cloth. Punched cards were used as an innovation and later were used by tabulating machines to conduct the 1890 US census. The tabulating company created by Hollerith later evolved into IBM. It was a simple matter to jump from storing numbers to storing instructions in these binary patterns.

Is the sequence an exercize in 6 degrees of freedom? Not at all. Just because there is no linear causality or intended outcomes between these innovations, does not mean that they are not an accurate recording of a complicated stream of dependencies between these events. The way we came to computers was dependent on the development of the cam. It is possible that we would have come to it by an different avenue, but that is not the point. This is the way it happenned, and it was cirucuitous, and like following a bouncing ball.
spark
The unexpected origins of the modern world. If you've ever played the game of "Six degrees from Kevin Bacon" you'll at least understand this book. Whether you enjoy it or not depends on how much you can focus your attention because this is one hop, skip, and jump book. The author takes an event and shows how it is connected to another event much later in time by a series of meetings, mentors, friends, coincidences, etc. Then another such series is also described with the same start and end point. Wow! Isn't that amazing! And he does this again and again and again. Like "six degrees" you find that almost anything in this world is related to almost anything if you draw our the relationships thin enough. After the third or fourth thread I was exhausted at trying to follow the bouncing ball and gave up on the book.
I never cared much for history in school, but these books really show the connections between dicoveries and history. Highly recommend.