Professor W. Bernard Carlson, Ph.D.

Professor W. Bernard Carlson
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Pennsylvania
Through this course ... you will come to appreciate how technology undergirds history, defining and shaping daily life, social structure, and how humans find meaning in the world.

Dr. W. Bernard Carlson is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Engineering Business Program. He earned his A.B. from College of the Holy Cross and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He then studied business history as the Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School. Professor Carlson has received numerous awards, including the Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology for his seven-volume work, Technology in World History. He is the author of Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870-1900 and, most recently, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. Professor Carlson serves on the board of directors of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and as the executive secretary for the Society for the History of Technology.

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  1. Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World Sale

    Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

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    From prehistoric times to the 21st century, inventions have changed the world, enabling humans to produce more food and energy and to establish social order and cultural meaning. In fact, great inventions have marked a number of key turning points in human history, transforming society and our daily lives. Now you can learn the remarkable stories surrounding such monumental inventions—and how consequential...
  2. (Set) Understanding the Inventions that Changed the World & Experiencing Hubble Set

    (Set) Understanding the Inventions that Changed the World & Experiencing Hubble

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  3. (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Understanding the World's Greatest Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $500.00 Starting at $84.90 $629.90 $84.90$629.90
    Explore the genius that has led to some of the greatest inventions and structures in history that, in turn, have shaped history and transformed daily life in this eye-opening course set. First, in Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World, you’ll learn about the inventions and inventors who found a way to put their great ideas to practical use and, as a result, transformed society, the...
  4. (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Grasp the nature of possible future innovations in science and technology that researchers are working on right now, as well as the backstory to inventions that have already changed our world, in this fascinating course set. In Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality, you’ll get a survey of research going on in engineering, biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics, and the import this...
  5. (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Turning Points in Modern History  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Turning Points in Modern History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Take a look at the inventions, ideas, and events that radically altered the course of history with this intriguing course set. First, in Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World, you’ll learn about the inventions and inventors who found a way to put their great ideas to practical use and, as a result, transformed society, the workplace, and private life. Then, in Turning Points in Modern...
  6. (Set) 12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World  Set

    (Set) 12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Spark your curiosity with these two fascinating courses that just may alter your perspective on the importance and consequences of scientific discoveries and inventions that have transformed society and our understanding of the universe. In 12 Essential Scientific Concepts, get an introduction to 12 basic concepts such as neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and emergence from a passionate scientist who shows you how...
  7. (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Science in the Twentieth Century:  A Social-Intellectual Survey  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World & Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    Take a look at how great inventors used the discoveries of scientists to radically transform society, and learn the distinctive ideas that characterize 20th-century science in this absorbing course set. First, in Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World, you’ll learn about the inventions and inventors who found a way to put their great ideas to practical use and, as a result, transformed...
  8. (Set)  Greek and Roman Tech & Inventions that Changed the World Set

    (Set) Greek and Roman Tech & Inventions that Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  9. (Set) Forensic History & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World Set

    (Set) Forensic History & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    See how technology has changed the way the world works with this set. First, learn how technology helped to solve the most infamous crimes, frauds, and scandals in history. Then, go beyond crime fighting and see how inventions revolutionized other areas of our lives.