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The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress

Joel Mokyr

Abstract

In a world of supercomputers, genetic engineering, and fiber optics, technological creativity is ever more the key to economic success. But why are some nations more creative than others, and why do some highly innovative societies—such as ancient China, or Britain in the industrial revolution—pass into stagnation? Beginning with a history of technological progress, the book traces the major inventions and innovations that have transformed society since ancient Greece and Rome. What emerges from this survey is often surprising: the classical world, for instance, was largely barren of new techn ... More

Keywords: technological creativity, economic success, progress, inventions, physical environment, social environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780195074772
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195074772.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Mokyr, author
Northwestern University