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Sex, Bombs, and Burgers: How War, Pornography, And Fast Food Have Shaped Modern Technology

Sex, Bombs, and Burgers: How War, Pornography, And Fast Food Have Shaped Modern Technology

by Peter Nowak


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A fun and fascinating exploration of modern technology, Sex, Bombs, and Burgers reveals how these three billion-dollar industries have shaped our everyday lives. It's also a chronicle of popular culture, chock-full of surprising revelations. Take a look around your home. Your microwave? A British military scientist invented its technology by accident while trying to devise a death ray to blow up enemy planes. Your handheld video recorder? Developed by the military in World War II but adopted and made affordable by post-war pornographers. That vacuum robot on late-night infomercials? Born of a mine sniffer patrolling the caves of Afghanistan. From the unexpected origins of aerosols, silly putty, and the Internet to Saran Wrap, Tupperware, and video games, here is an engaging look at modern life as we know it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762772742
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Nowak is the senior science writer and technology expert for CBC News Online. He has been writing about technology for more than a decade, and his work has appeared in top newspapers around the world, including the Boston Globe, Toronto Star, South China Morning Post, and New Zealand Herald. He won the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Award for excellence in reporting and was named the technology journalist of the year by the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Shameful Trinity 1

1 Weapons of Mass Consumption 27

2 Better Eating Through Chemistry 53

3 Arming the Amateurs 87

4 A Game of War 109

5 Food from the Heavens 143

6 The Naked Eye Goes Electronic 169

7 The internet: Military Made, Porn Perfected 197

8 Seeds of Conflict 225

9 Fully Functional Robots 255

10 Operation Desert Lab 287

Conclusion: The Benevolence of Vice 317

Notes 337

Acknowledgments 359

Index 363

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