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Fifty things that made the modern economy / by Tim Harford

By: Harford, Tim.
Publisher: London, U.K. : Little, Brown, 2017Description: 343 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781408709122.Subject(s): Economics | Economic history | SocietyOnline resources: Read our book review
Contents:
The plough. WINNERS AND LOSERS: The gramophone -- Barbed wire -- Seller feedback -- Google search -- Passports -- Robots -- The welfare state. REINVENTING HOW WE LIVE: Infant formula -- TV dinners -- The pill -- Video games -- Market research -- Air conditioning -- Department stores. INVENTING NEW SYSTEMS: The Dynamo -- The shipping container -- The barcode -- The cold chain -- Tradable debt and the tally stick -- Billy bookcase -- The elevator. IDEAS ABOUT IDEAS: Cuneiform -- Public key cryptography -- Double-entry bookkeeping -- Limited liability companies -- Management consulting -- Intellectual property -- The compiler. WHERE DO INVENTIONS COME FROM? The iPhone -- Diesel engines -- Clocks -- The Haber-Bosch process -- Radar -- Batteries -- Plastic. THE VISIBLE HAND: The bank -- Razors and blades -- Tax havens -- Leaded petrol -- Antibiotics in farming -- M-Pesa -- Property registers. INVENTING THE WHEEL: Paper -- Index funds -- The S-bend -- Paper money -- Concrete -- Insurance -- Looking forward -- The light bulb.
Summary: Traces the evolution of the modern economy through 50 inventions and ideas, including barbed wire, double-entry bookkeeping and property registers.
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Item type Home library Call number Status Date due Item reserves
Book Book Australia
610 HAR 2017 (Browse shelf) Issued 03/12/2018
Book Book New Zealand
610 FIF (Browse shelf) Available
Total holds: 0

The plough. WINNERS AND LOSERS: The gramophone -- Barbed wire -- Seller feedback -- Google search -- Passports -- Robots -- The welfare state. REINVENTING HOW WE LIVE: Infant formula -- TV dinners -- The pill -- Video games -- Market research -- Air conditioning -- Department stores. INVENTING NEW SYSTEMS: The Dynamo -- The shipping container -- The barcode -- The cold chain -- Tradable debt and the tally stick -- Billy bookcase -- The elevator. IDEAS ABOUT IDEAS: Cuneiform -- Public key cryptography -- Double-entry bookkeeping -- Limited liability companies -- Management consulting -- Intellectual property -- The compiler. WHERE DO INVENTIONS COME FROM? The iPhone -- Diesel engines -- Clocks -- The Haber-Bosch process -- Radar -- Batteries -- Plastic. THE VISIBLE HAND: The bank -- Razors and blades -- Tax havens -- Leaded petrol -- Antibiotics in farming -- M-Pesa -- Property registers. INVENTING THE WHEEL: Paper -- Index funds -- The S-bend -- Paper money -- Concrete -- Insurance -- Looking forward -- The light bulb.

Traces the evolution of the modern economy through 50 inventions and ideas, including barbed wire, double-entry bookkeeping and property registers.

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