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Jon Agar - Author

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Books by Jon Agar

Science Policy Under Thatcher

Science Policy Under Thatcher

Author: Jon Agar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2019

Science Policy Under Thatcher

Science Policy Under Thatcher

Author: Jon Agar Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2019

Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain

Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain

Author: Jon Agar Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2018

Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain

Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain

Author: Jon Agar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2018

Turing and the Universal Machine (Icon Science) The Making of the Modern Computer

Turing and the Universal Machine (Icon Science) The Making of the Modern Computer

Author: Jon Agar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

The history of the computer is entwined with that of the modern world and with the life of one man, the brilliant but troubled Alan Turing. How did the computer come to structure and dominate our lives so totally? In Jon Agar's enlightening story of the `universal machine', we discover how Turing's groundbreaking work not only helped break German codes during the Second World War but also founded the beginnings of the modern computer. Persecuted by the authorities for his homosexuality, and ultimately hounded to suicide, Turing's personal tribulations are as relevant to the modern world as his work on computing, as indicated by his posthumous royal pardon of 2013 and the recent film The Imitation Game, which focuses on Turing's turbulent life.

Constant Touch A Global History of the Mobile Phone

Constant Touch A Global History of the Mobile Phone

Author: Jon Agar Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Mobile phones are a ubiquitous technology with a fascinating history. There are now as many mobile phones in the world as there are people. We carry them around with us wherever we go. And while we used to just speak into them, now mobiles are used to do all kinds of tasks, from talking to twittering, from playing a game to paying a bill. Jon Agar takes the mobile to pieces, tracing what makes it work, and puts it together again, showing how it was shaped in different national contexts in the United States, Europe, the Far East and Africa. He tells the story from the early associations with cars and the privileged, through its immense popular success, to the rise of the smartphone. Few scientific revolutions affect us in such a day-to-day way as the development of the mobile phone. Jon Agar's deft history explains exactly how this revolution has come about - and where it may lead in the future.

Science in the 20th Century and Beyond

Science in the 20th Century and Beyond

Author: Jon Agar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2012

A compelling history of science from 1900 to the present day, this is the first book to survey modern developments in science during a century of unprecedented change, conflict and uncertainty. The scope is global. Science's claim to access universal truths about the natural world made it an irresistible resource for industrial empires, ideological programs, and environmental campaigners during this period. Science has been at the heart of twentieth century history - from Einstein's new physics to the Manhattan Project, from eugenics to the Human Genome Project, or from the wonders of penicillin to the promises of biotechnology. For some science would only thrive if autonomous and kept separate from the political world, while for others science was the best guide to a planned and better future. Science was both a routine, if essential, part of an orderly society, and the disruptive source of bewildering transformation. Jon Agar draws on a wave of recent scholarship that explores science from interdisciplinary perspectives to offer a readable synthesis that will be ideal for anyone curious about the profound place of science in the modern world.

Science in the 20th Century and Beyond

Science in the 20th Century and Beyond

Author: Jon Agar Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2012

A compelling history of science from 1900 to the present day, this is the first book to survey modern developments in science during a century of unprecedented change, conflict and uncertainty. The scope is global. Science's claim to access universal truths about the natural world made it an irresistible resource for industrial empires, ideological programs, and environmental campaigners during this period. Science has been at the heart of twentieth century history - from Einstein's new physics to the Manhattan Project, from eugenics to the Human Genome Project, or from the wonders of penicillin to the promises of biotechnology. For some science would only thrive if autonomous and kept separate from the political world, while for others science was the best guide to a planned and better future. Science was both a routine, if essential, part of an orderly society, and the disruptive source of bewildering transformation. Jon Agar draws on a wave of recent scholarship that explores science from interdisciplinary perspectives to offer a readable synthesis that will be ideal for anyone curious about the profound place of science in the modern world.

Constant Touch A Global History of the Mobile Phone

Constant Touch A Global History of the Mobile Phone

Author: Jon Agar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2004

Until not very long ago the mobile phone was expensive and the preserve of a rich few. Today the cellphone is everywhere--so common it goes unnoticed. Jon Agar tells the fascinating story behind the rise and rise of this incredible little device.

Turing and the Universal Machine (Icon Science) The Making of the Modern Computer

Turing and the Universal Machine (Icon Science) The Making of the Modern Computer

Author: Jon Agar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2001

The history of the computer is entwined with that of the modern world and most famously with the life of one man, Alan Turing. How did this device, which first appeared a mere 50 years ago, come to structure and dominate our lives so totally? An enlightening mini-biography of a brilliant but troubled man.