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Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation

Since 1995, the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center has been investigating the history of invention and innovation from such broad interdisciplinary perspectives. So, too, does this series. The Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation explores the work of inventors and the technologies they create in order to advance scholarship in history, engineering, science, and related fields with a direct connection to technological invention, such as urban planning, architecture, and the arts. By opening channels of communication between the various disciplines and sectors of society concerned with technological innovation, it is hoped that this series will enhance public understanding of humanity’s inventive impulse.

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.