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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

Living with New Technologies


  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, September 1995

  • Recommended

    Reviews--Slipped Disks

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Technical Feats

  • 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

  • New Letters for Alphabet Soup

  • Boot Camp for Surgeons

  • Complexifying Freud

  • One Good Pest Deserves Another

  • Lobster Stew

  • Hide-and-Seek

  • Common Scents

  • Silence of the Genes

  • 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

  • Magnificent Men (Mostly) and Their Flying Machines

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