THE JAMES BURKE CONNECTION NEWSLETTER 03 – MAR 2002:
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Welcome to the third installment of the newsletter. I hope you are finding these of interest and value. I am certainly having a wonderful time learning more about Mr. Burke through the process of doing research on him and his materials.
First, I would like to thank all of you out there who have taken an interest in Mr. Burke’s Knowledge Web project and have volunteered to help him make it a reality. I anxiously await the results of everyone’s efforts.
Secondly, I have received several fascinating tales from subscribers who have shared their personal moments of enlightenment after being exposed to “Connections” or “The Day The Universe Changed”. Thanks much for those.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this newsletter comes from a wide variety of sources and is selected for publication solely by the newsletter’s editor/creator Tom Palmer. Please be advised that James Burke does NOT necessarily endorse or associate himself with the information or organizations mentioned in the James Burke Connection website and periodic e-mail news updates. Likewise, the information contained in this publication does NOT necessarily represent the views and opinions of Mr. Burke.
JBC WEBSITE NEWS
Now, as for new items at the James Burke Connection website, there are plenty. At least my aching fingers tell me a lot has been done. During the month of February, I have started to build my Burke Resource Center for fans, teachers and researchers.
In this area you will find the chapter and episode titles to Mr. Burke’s books and videos, a growing list of books mentioned in Burke bibliographies, links to popular search engines so you can do your own Burke research, and links to libraries where James Burke books and videos might be found. In addition there are also links to science museums and history of science webpages.
Over time, I plan to add several more lists containing all of the people and important historic items featured in the indexes of Mr. Burke’s books. This may take a while. Please be patient.
Also new to the James Burke Connection site is an offshoot area featuring books and materials by other well-known presenters and authorities that may be of interest to you. At the moment, the only individuals featured in the “Great Explainers” library are Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku and Jacques Cousteau. However, as with most projects, this section will expand over time.
One last detail. Whenever you do a search for “James Burke” on the web or at the library, it’s pretty hard to avoid popular mystery writer “James Lee Burke”. So, I’ve put a link on the site for those surfers who are looking for him, but have mistakenly found their way to my site about our favorite techno-historian.
NEW WAYS TO COMMUNICATE
In doing research on Mr. Burke I came across a couple of important web destinations: a newsgroup and a Yahoo bulletin board.
Since these areas have been set up for the expressed purpose of discussing Mr. Burke (which you all seem to like to do), please let me encourage you to take full advantage of these channels to “connect” with one another. I have posted a number of messages there for you to read and think about. I’ll be watching to see what you have to say!
For those of you (including Mr. Burke) who might have an interest in news source links, I have created a new personal website listing a moderate number of international news sources. I think you might find these interesting, if not useful.
Also, for those of you who might be (or know) aspiring visual communicaters (graphic designers & advertising art directors), you might wish to take a peek at my own contribution to commercial art education.
An ongoing reminder –
Mr. Burke continues to look for help from Graduate Students and Academics in researching biographies for the online “Knowledge Web” project.
If you know anyone who would like to volunteer their time to this amazing project, please contact me (Tom Palmer) and I will pass along their request. e-mail at: email@example.com
I finally got a quick look at “Inventing Modern America”, a new book that James Burke has contributed to. I had to do this at the library, since copies of the book appear shrink-wrapped at every bookstore I have encountered it at.
Anyway, the book appears to be very good on the surface. Listed below is it’s table of contents. Mr. Burke has written a general introduction, plus one for each of the book’s five sections.
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Medicine and Healthcare
Raymond Damadian: MRI scanner, magnetic resonance imaging (1977)
Thomsa Fogarty: balloon embolectomy catheter (1961)
Wilson Greatbatch: implantable cardiac pacemaker (1958)
Dean Kamen: portable medication technology (1970s)
Mary-Claire King: advances in the treatment of breast cancer (1990)
Robert Langer: biomedical applications of polymers (1980s)
Rosalyn Yalow: radioimmunoassay (1959)
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Leo Baekeland: Bakelite, the first modern plastic (1907)
Harold “Doc” Edgerton: stop-action photography (1931)
Philo T. Farnsworth: electronic television (1927)
Stephanie Kwolek: Kevlar (1964)
Jerome Lemelson: apparatus for driving tape in a cartridge (1972)
Jacob Rabinow: self-regulating clock (1954)
Percy Spencer: microwave oven (1947)
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Ole Evinrude: outboard boat motor (1907)
Henry Ford: assembly line (1913)
Robert Goddard: liquid-fueled rocket (1926)
Paul MacCready: human-powered airplane (1977)
Garrett Morgan: traffic signal (1923)
Elmer Ambrose Sperry: gyrocompass (1911)
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Energy and Environment
George Washington Carver: industrial applications for agricultural products (1910s)
Carl Djerassi: nontoxic pest-control products (1960s)
Sally Fox: naturally colored cotton (1989)
Buckminster Fuller: geodesic dome (1950)
Ashok Gadgil: ultraviolet water purification system (1993)
Stanford Ovshinksy: mass production of photovoltaic cells (1983)
John Todd: ecosystems for combating pollution (1984)
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Computing and Telecommunications
Nolan Bushnell: video game (1971)
Douglas Engelbart: computer mouse (1968)
Al Gross: walkie-talkie (1937)
Erna Schneider Hoover: computerized telephone switching system (1965)
Grace Murray Hopper: computer compiler (1952)
Raymond Kurzweil: optical reading machine for the blind (1976)
Carver Mead: very-large-scale integrated circuits (1971)
Steve Wozniak: personal computer (1976)
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“Inventing Modern America” is available at this link:
TV SCHEDULE (UPCOMING)
The Connections 2 & 3 series continue to be rebroadcast on Discovery Science through March!
Connections 2 – Discovery Science Channel – Now thru at least Mar. 30, 2002
FYI – series beginning = “Revolutions” (Mar. 15 & 30), series conclusion = “Flexible Response”
Connections 3 – Discovery Science Channel – Now thru at least Mar. 27, 2002
FYI – series beginning = “Feedback” (Mar. 11 & 12), series conclusion = “In Touch”
Note: I do not know if either Connections series will be played in proper sequence or if the final episodes scheduled will be the final episode for each series. Therefore, if you are planning to videotape these programs, don’t necessarily wait for the beginning episodes to cycle through.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (UPCOMING)
If have have to urge to attend Mr. Burke’s lectures in April at U.S. universities, you might start thinking of making travel plans or penciling the dates into your personal reminders.
3/7/02: Veritas Conference & Incentive Management Services (Cisco Systems – Networkers Conference – Brisbane, Australia)
4/9/02: College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina @ Greensboro
4/10/02: University of Minnesota (James Ford Bell Trust)
4/11/02: Rice University
“No special arrangements are necessary to attend the James Burke lecture. The lecture will begin at 8:00 p.m., but seating opens at 7:00 p.m. I would recommend getting to the lecture a little early in order to get a good seat.”
5/18/02: Virginia Commonwealth University
For information on scheduling James Burke for a future speaking engagement, please contact his lecture agent Royce Carlton.
SEARCH ENGINE FINDS (CURRENT)
Every time I do a search for James Burke on the web, I produce dramatically different results, depending on the keywords I select. This month I used “James Burke Axemaker”, “James Burke theme” and “James Burke music” as my search parameters. — What follows are the results, a number of which are lists of recommended books that include James Burke titles. So if you like books that generally have to do with “Burke” topics, dive in to the links below. As you can see, I have sorted the pages into various categories. (Please forgive me if there are any repeats from previous newsletters.) Happy Surfing!
found with Google – Feb. 24, 2002:
and a couple from Abacho – Feb. 09, 2002:
GENERAL BURKE ITEMS
Musical Theme to The Day The Universe Changed
Technology – Interview with Educom Review
Government For A World Long Gone – Interview with Government Technology
e-mail message thread – Purdue
small bite about an Internet World article – 1996
message thread at Slashdot
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PRESS RELEASES
Univ. of N. Carolina — Greensboro
Ball State University – Sept. 16, 2000
www.google.com/search?q=cache:p9ltediNP_IC:www.bsu.edu/news/ . . . . . .
Franklin & Marshall College – Mar. 20, 1995
www.fandm.edu/Departments/CollegeRelations/PressReleases/ . . . . . .
Marshall University – Oct. 12, 1998
Burke bio, speech (The Legacy of Science) and Q&A session – Rutgers
info.rutgers.edu/Library/Reference/ . . . . . .
Truman State University – Oct. 2, 2001
Cameron University – Nov. 1, 1996
Portland Center/ISEPP – Oct. 5, 2001
GTC – Feb. 15, 1995
PalmSource Conference 2000
www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml . . . . . .
Educom 98 – Oct. 14, 1998
Cameron University – Festival IV – Sep. 14, 1999
INTERESTING ESSAYS THAT MENTION JAMES BURKE
Hodges’ Health Career Model and the Multicontextual Nature of Health
Galilero: The Creation of a Heretic
Burt Humburg – On the Color Changes in the “Great Work”
New England Journal of Skepticism – Razor in the Toolbox
History and the Theory of Media
The Terrible Truth About Truth
The Silicon Axemakers
Y2K: Benefits, Lessons, and Vulnerabilities
Thank The Ludd
Information Technology: Searching For a Definition
From Movable Type to Data Deluge
Lisa Squad – Explain the Subject-object metaphysics
Drawing Sea Serpents: Searching For the Big Picture
Altruism, Empathy, the Superorganism, and the Prisoner’s Dillema
Chaos, Complexity, and the Promise of Information Warfare
CRITIQUES OF JAMES BURKE & HIS WORK
Engines of our Ingenuity 1617
Review of “The Axemaker’s Gift” by Skepticism.net
Tight Form and Aesthetic Impact – Hipbone Games
More Connections coming to TLC – Canoe
PERSONAL BOOK LISTS THAT INCLUDE JAMES BURKE BOOKS
Jimka’s Book Collection
Reviews: Books, Journals – Christopher S. Rollyson
Ron Nicholson’s Recommended Book List
Lobue: Enterprise Evolution – Recommended Reading
Dave Lash & Co. – Terrific Resources for Personal Growth
You Are What You Read – Elias Wakan’s Reading List
Brain, Mind, Computer References – Nat. Info. Tech. Forum
CLASS NOTES FEATURING BURKE
Media Power & Culture – Kent State
History of Technology – University of Alaska Southeast
The Power of Perspective – State Univ. of NY College at Oneonta
Writing Across Engineering – S.U.C.C.E.E.D.
www.succeednow.org/content/ . . . . . .
Technology & Society – Gonzaga University
Worlds Without End – (excerpt by Burke??) – UCSD
Generic Antropology Syllabus – CSU, Chico
The Bicycle: Vehicle for Societal Change – Babson College
Science & Technology: Catalysts for Change in Society – Univ. of New Mexico
Effects of Technology through History – Univ. of Minnesota, Morris
CLASSES THAT USE BURKE AS A TEXTBOOK
History of Philosophy of Technology
Ascent of Humanity – Pennsylvania State University
www.courses.psu.edu/courseweb/courses/ . . . . . .
HS-120 – Montgomery College
Technology and Social Change – University of Montana
Heuristic Decision Making – Univ. of Minnesota – MS Word document
legacy.csom.umn.edu/wwwpages/faculty/PJohnson/ . . . . . .
CLASS READING LISTS
Core 100 Supplemental Reading List – College of Saint Benedict
The McKinnon Institute of Prof. Massage & Bodywork
History of Science and Technology – Georgia Southern University
Reading the History of Western Science – Univ. of Washington
Educating in a Technological Society – Bethel College & Seminary
References For The History of Psychology – Univ. of New Brunswick
Complexity & Human Learning Series – Bailiwick: Univ. of Iowa
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS & RESEARCHERS
Net-Quest Science Links
Geometry, the online learning center – educational subject links
Internet History of Science Sourcebook
ReadersRemote – Science Books
GENERAL ITEMS OF INTEREST
NASA JSC Digital Image Collection
NASA Photo Gallery
Apollo Lunar Surface Journal
Interesting religious page with statistics – techno heavy
Think Geek – Stuff For Smart Masses
EBAY LISTINGS (CURRENTLY UP FOR SALE)
– As found on eBay Feb. 28, 2002
Connections 2 – 1 copy
Connections 3 – 1 copy
The Day The Universe Changed – 2 copies
Connections: A Mind Game – 2 copies
DVD, VIDEO, BOOK, AUDIOBOOK LIST (ORDER ON-LINE)
After The Warming
The Axemaker’s Gift: Technology’s Capture and Control of Our Minds and Culture
Circles: Fifty Round-Trips Through History, Technology, Science, Culture
Connections – (out of print)
The Day the Universe Changed
The Knowlegde Web: From Electronic Agents to Stonehenge and Back–And Other Journeys Through Knowledge
The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible and Other Journeys Through Knowledge – (paperback)
The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made theCarburetor Possible and Other Journeys Through Knowledge – (hardcover)
Twin Tracks: The Unexpected Origins of the Modern World
The Axemaker’s Gift: A Double -Edged History of Human Culture
The Day the Universe Changed
The Pinball Effect: Journeys Through Knowledge – The Extraordinary Patterns of Change That Link Past, Present, and Future
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