Books Reviewed by Barrett Hazeltine

This section of the Newsletter is meant to guide readers to books or articles that someone recommended to me because they are useful, provocative, or enjoyable—at best, all three. Suggestions of other materials to be reviewed would be most welcome, with or without comments, but I hope you feel free to comment on my opinions as well.
-Barrett Hazeltine, Division of Engineering, Brown University



Gertner, Jon. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.  Click here to see review

Johnson, Steven. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of InnovationClick here to see review


Alexander, Jennifer Karns. The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control. Click here to see review

Anderson, Ray, C. with Robin White. Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth. Click here to see review

Bardi, Jason Socrates. The Fifth Postulate: How Unraveling a Two-Thousand-Year-Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe. Click here to see review

Bryant, John and Chris Sangwin. How Round is Your Circle?: Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet. Click here to see review

Castells, Manuel, Jack Linchuan Qui, Mireia Fernández-Ardévol, Araba Sey. Mobile Communications and Society: A Global Perspective. Click here to see review

Chatterjee, Pratap. How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War. Click here to see review

Coburn, Pip. The Change Function: Why Some Technologies Take Off and Others Crash and Burn. Click here to see review

Conover, Ted. THE ROUTES OF MAN: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010 Pp. 333. Hardcover, $26.95; paperback, $15.95. Click here to see review

Kelly, Kevin. WHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS. New York: Penguin, 2010. Pp. 406. Hardcover, $27.95. Click here to see review

Crawford, Matthew BShop Class to Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. Click here to see review

Dodgson, Mark and David Gann. Innovation: A very Short Introduction. Click here to see review

Emanuel, Kerry. What We Know About Climate Change. Click here to see review

Friedel, Robert. A Culture of Improvement: Technology and the Western Millennium. Click here to see review

Frost, Gary L. Early FM Radio: Incremental Technology in Twientieth-Century America. Click here to see review

Gelb, Michael J. and Sarah Miller Caldicott. Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America's Greatest Inventor. Click here to see review

Gomez, Nicholas Wey. The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies. Click here to see review

Greenberg, Gary. The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons. Click here to see review

Hård, Mikael and Andrew Jamison. Hubris and Hybrids: A Cultural History of Technology and Science. Click here to see review

Hård, Mikael and Thomas J. Misa. Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities. Click here to see review

Hart, Steven. The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First SuperhighwayClick here to see review

Maeda, John. Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life. Click here to see review

Mazur, Allan. True Warnings and False Alarms: Evaluating fears About Health Risks of Technology, 1948-1971.Click here to see review

Morton, David L. and Joseph Gabriel. Electronics: The Life Story of a Technology. Click here to see review

Palmer, Stephen. Launching Global Health: The Caribbean Odyssey of the Rockefeller Foundation. Click here to see review

Polak, Paul. Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail. Click here to see review

Ruddiman, William. PlowsPlagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate. Click here to see review

Stibel, Jeffrey. Wired For Thought: How the Brain is Shaping the Future of the Internet. Click here to see review

Strum, Wesley, Joel Genuth, and Ivan Chompalov. Structures of Scientific Collaboration. Click here to see review

Turkle, Sherry, ed. Evocative Objects: Things We Think With. Click here to see review