America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, by Kevin Baker

By Kevin Baker

“Among the various rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker’s survey of yank knowledge, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. . . . Baker examines a variety of the achievements that experience made, and nonetheless make, the United States nice again—and again.”
The Wall highway Journal


What are the origins of the electrical guitar? How did the whaling send paintings? Why was once the discovery of the electrical motor so the most important for the recent York urban subway? The tremendous tales in the back of those strokes of genius and extra, advised by means of writer Kevin Baker, fill the pages of America the Ingenious.

listed here are seventy six of the main fascinating, very important, and creative innovations learned in the US, from the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the oil rig, the electrical stitching laptop, and the phone. Who got here up with those principles? How lengthy did they take to gain? What have been the issues? How, precisely, do this stuff paintings? and the way have they affected who we're this present day? This e-book will fulfill the interest of heritage and miscellany buffs alike. Readers will stroll away with a brand new appreciation for those world-changing innovations, in addition to a newfound realizing of what makes the US the correct breeding floor for ingenuity.

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The use of magnetic levitation, or “maglev,” technology—the use of magnetic fields to both suspend objects above the ground and push them forward—was envisioned by a number of scientists in the United States and Europe at the turn into the twentieth century. In 1912, Emile Bachelet, a largely self-taught native of France who had been orphaned at the age of nine and grew up with his younger brother on the streets of Paris before immigrating to the United States, developed the first miniature demonstration model of how such a train might run.

But at the same time, new container ports around the country eliminated millions of decent working-class manufacturing jobs, traditional stepping-stones into the middle class. The change helped destabilize American cities, then left them seriously divided between the haves and have-nots. Like so many new technologies, the container ship was prob- Modern container ships have an average life span of twentysix years. Their fuel efficiency improved by 35 percent between 1970 and 2008, and they emit on average roughly forty times less carbon dioxide than a large freight aircraft and three times less than a heavy truck.

The subway had arrived. For the rest of the night, they rode the trains for free, many of them lustily singing songs written for the occasion. ” They marveled at the speeds at which the trains whisked them through the city and were so outraged when the privately owned Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) started hammering up A 1 train at today’s Times Square-42nd Street station in Manhattan. A M ER ICA THE IN G EN I OUS: ROA MIN G 22 tin advertising signs in the stations that the city sued to have them removed.

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