History assignment 10 pages.

Instructions

Steven Johnson, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, is a series of essays on how science and technology have transformed our daily lives.Using this book, write an essay (six-page minimum) that answers all 9 of the following questions.

  • Clean (Ch.4) Johnson argues that one of history’s most challenging public health problems, especially for urban populations, has involved safely disposing of human waste and having reliable access to safe drinking water.
    • Identify the innovations in the 19th-20th centuries that solved these problems for the 1st time in the U.S. and other western nations.
    • Explain the consequences of the clean revolution for people in the 20th century.
    • How did the clean revolution make the digital revolution possible?
  • Time (Ch.5) Johnson discusses how, in recent times, new technologies have enabled us to measure accurately ever smaller units of time.
    • Identify the innovations that made this possible.
    • Explain the consequences of the time-keeping revolution.
    • In what ways in the past 70 years have we also been able to measure ever larger periods of time?
  • Light (Ch.6) Johnson discusses how, in the last two centuries, people have gotten access to more powerful and brighter sources of light.
    • Identify the innovations that made this possible.
    • Explain the consequences of the light revolution.
    • What was the significance of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory?

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