Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 April 1992

368 Pages | 47 illus.

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195074772

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The Lever of Riches

Technological Creativity and Economic Progress

Joel Mokyr

A Oxford Paperbacks Publication

  • Begins with a fascinating, concise history of technological progress, which sets the background for analysis by tracing the major inventions and innovations that have transformed society since ancient Greece and Rome
  • Addresses what distinguishes between the relationship of inventors and their physical environment--which determined their willingness to challenge nature--and the social environment, which determined the openness to new ideas
  • Offers telling insights into the question of how Western economies can maintain, and developing nations can unlock, their creative potential