The Tinkerers

The Tinkerers

The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great

eBook - 2013
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Showing how tinkering has been the guiding force behind both major corporate-sponsored innovations and smaller scale inventions with great potential, Foege argues that America still cultivates visionary innovators who do not allow cultural obsessions with efficiency and conformity to interfere with their passion and creativity.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780465033454
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 216 p.)


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Feb 21, 2014

[Rather than this book try reading Jennifer Edstrom's book, Barbarians Led By Bill Gates.] This is one of those books you want to say positive things about, but then the author goes and spouts fiction in place of fact. Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures is a patent troll firm - - PERIOD! The author misrepresents both the fraud and Myhrvold, whose most unfortunate enterprise is representative of the man! Also, tinkering isn't peculiar to America, this bit of flotsam simply points to an author's belief in American Exceptionalism - - tinkering occurs throughout the planet, continuously throughout history. Just as many technological achievements take place concurrently in different countries, so does the tinkering leading up to it. This is one of those books that sounded great, but the author falls short again and again. The author's spin and reframing of the history of credit derivatives and such, is most annoyingly grievous and should put off everyone. NO, financial fraud to enrich the crooks is not tinkering.


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