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New Technologies and Inventions of Space and Time



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Abstract

Albert Einstein worked in the Swiss Patent Office in 1905. What was the new world of technology that a patent examiner would have confronted in the young century? Robert Friedel, historian of technology and author of several books on inventions of this period shows why this period a century ago was as exciting and disorienting an age of technological change as our own--maybe even more so! The horseless carriage (we would call it the automobile), the wireless telegraph, motion pictures, electric light and power, as well as a host of surprising new minor inventions, all filled the young twentieth century with an air of novelty and expectation.