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The Uncertainties of Technological Innovation

Even the greatest ideas and inventions can flounder, whereas more modest steps forward sometimes change the world

By John Rennie

Information Technologies

Machines, Materials and Manufacturing

Energy and Environment

Departments

  • 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Technical Feats

  • Silence of the Genes

  • Magnificent Men (Mostly) and Their Flying Machines

  • Transportation

  • Medicine

  • Living with New Technologies

  • Reviews--Slipped Disks

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, September 1995

  • Profile

    The Guru of Cyberspace

  • Mathematical Recreation

    The Great Drain Robbery

  • Science and the Citizen

    The Treaty That Worked--Almost

  • Calculating with DNA

  • Ectoplasm Reigns

  • Boot Camp for Surgeons

  • New Letters for Alphabet Soup

  • Complexifying Freud

  • One Good Pest Deserves Another

  • Lobster Stew

  • Hide-and-Seek

  • Common Scents

  • Like a Sieve

  • Departments

    The Gulliver Effect

  • The Pursuit of the Living Machine

  • Field Notes

    The Most Dangerous Animal

  • Technology and Business

    Patently Obvious

  • Arrest that Passenger

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September 1995