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Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation

Books in the interdisciplinary Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation explore the history of invention and innovation. Authors in the series raise new questions about the work of inventors and the technologies they create and stimulate cross-disciplinary dialog. Co-edited by Joyce Bedi, Arthur Daemmrich, and Arthur Molella, and published by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center and the MIT Press, the Lemelson Center Studies advance scholarship in the history of technology, engineering, science, architecture, the arts, and related fields and disseminate it to a general interest audience.

Cross-Currents in Art and Technology

The American daguerreotype as something completely new: a mechanical invention that produced an image, a hybrid of fine art and science and technology.

A history of color and commerce from haute couture to automobile showrooms to interior design.

The career of computer visionary Grace Murray Hopper, whose innovative work in programming laid the foundations for the user-friendliness of today’s personal computers that sparked the information age.

High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945–2005

How government military contractors and high-tech firms transformed an unincorporated suburban crossroads into the center of the world’s Internet management and governance.

Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

The development of electrical technologies that laid the foundation for Edison’s work: their invention, commercialization, and adoption.

Techno-Cities of the Twentieth Century

Tracing the design of “techno-cities” that blend the technological and the pastoral.