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The gifts of Athena : historical origins of the knowledge economy, Joel Mokyr

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The gifts of Athena : historical origins of the knowledge economy
Title
The gifts of Athena
Title remainder
historical origins of the knowledge economy
Statement of responsibility
Joel Mokyr
Title variation
Historical origins of the knowledge economy
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Language
eng
Summary
"The growth of technological and scientific knowledge in the past two centuries has been the overriding dynamic element in the economic and social history of the world. Its result is now often called the knowledge economy. But what are the historical origins of this revolution and what have been its mechanisms? In The Gifts of Athena, Joel Mokyr constructs an original framework to analyze the concept of "useful" knowledge. He argues that the growth explosion in the modern West in the past two centuries was driven not just by the appearance of new technological ideas but also by the improved access to these ideas in society at large - as made possible by social networks comprising universities, publishers, professional sciences, and kindred institutions. Through a wealth of historical evidence set in clear and lively prose, he shows that changes in the intellectual and social environment and the institutional background in which knowledge was generated and disseminated brought about the Industrial Revolution, followed by sustained economic growth and continuing technological change." "Mokyr draws a link between intellectual forces such as the European enlightenment and subsequent economic changes of the nineteenth century, and follows their development into the twentieth century. He further explores some of the key implications of the knowledge revolution. Among these is the rise and fall of the "factory system" as an organizing principle of modern economic organization. He analyzes the impact of this revolution on information technology and communications as well as on the public's state of health and the structure of households. By examining the social and political roots of resistance to new knowledge, Mokyr also links growth in knowledge to political economy and connects the economic history of technology to the New Institutional Economics. The Gifts of Athena provides crucial insights into a matter of fundamental concern to a range of disciplines including economics, economic history, political economy, the history of technology, and the history of science."--Jacket
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Mokyr, Joel
Dewey number
338/.064
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC79.T4
LC item number
M646 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Technological innovations
  • Economic development
  • Knowledge economy
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The gifts of Athena : historical origins of the knowledge economy, Joel Mokyr
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-338) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Technology and the problem of human knowledge -- The industrial enlightenment : the taproot of economic progress -- The Industrial Revolution and beyond -- Technology and the factory system -- Knowledge, health, and the household -- The political economy of knowledge : innovation and resistance in economic history -- Institutions, knowledge, and economic growth
Control code
49260877
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 359 pages
Isbn
9780691094830
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002025105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The gifts of Athena : historical origins of the knowledge economy, Joel Mokyr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-338) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Technology and the problem of human knowledge -- The industrial enlightenment : the taproot of economic progress -- The Industrial Revolution and beyond -- Technology and the factory system -- Knowledge, health, and the household -- The political economy of knowledge : innovation and resistance in economic history -- Institutions, knowledge, and economic growth
Control code
49260877
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 359 pages
Isbn
9780691094830
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002025105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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