Top Tech Innovations
The Top 50 Inventions of the Past 50 Years --Popular Mechanics' expert-created list of innovations from 1955-2002
The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel--From The Atlantic magazine, a list created by a panel of scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and technology historians
Great Inventions that Changed the World book by James Wei. Hoboken: WIley. 2012.
10 Breakthrough Technologies MIT Technology Review's top 10 technological breakthroughs for the current year; for past years, click on Years +
Food for Thought
Ayres, Jr., B.D. New York Times. 1979. Three Mile Island: Notes From a Nightmare. April 16. http://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/16/archives/three-mile-island-notes-from-a-nightmare-three-mile-island-a.html?_r=0
Shalett, S. New York Times. 1945. First Atomic Bomb Dropped on Japan; Missile Is Equal to 20,000 Tons of TNT; Truman Warns Foe of a “Rain of Ruin.” http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0806.html
Disasters and more
Engineering disasters - lessons to be learned book by Don Lawson. London : Professional Engineering, 2005.
"Welcome to the Failure Age!" Nov. 2014 article from The New York Times Magazine about the by-products of innovation. Note: If you've exhausted the NYT's 10-free-article-views-per-month limit, you can still get the article through the Libraries subscription via the Lexis-Nexis database. In the search box, enter losers win (article title is different, but author and content are the same).
5 Advanced Ancient Technologies That Shouldn't Be Possible The Ancients had more advanced technologies than we realized
From the Titanic to the Challenger : an annotated bibliography on technological failures of the twentieth century book by Susan Davis Herring.
New York : Garland Pub., 1989.
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