The Unexpected Origins of the Modern WorldBook - 2007
Twin Tracks pinpoints the myriad ways the future is shaped, whether by love, war, accident, genius, or discovery. For instance, in "The Marriage of Figaro to Stealth Fighter," Burke's twin tracks start with the composer of the opera and the French spy from whose play he stole the plot. The tracks then encompass, among other things, freemasonry, the War of Independence, Captain Cook, jellyfish, Jane Austen, and audio tape. Ultimately, the convergence of the two Figaro tracks sets the stage for the development of Gulf War Stealth aircraft. Wonderfully accessible and lucidly written, Twin Tracks offers an amusing and instructive new view of the past and the future.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007, c2003
Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition
Characteristics: 276 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Call Number: 909.08 BUR