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Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences$
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Vaclav Smil

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195168755.001.0001

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Transportation, Communication, Information:

Transportation, Communication, Information:

Mass and Speed

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Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Vaclav Smil (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Private transportation was transformed by mass ownership of automobiles while long-distance public transport benefited from new high-speed trains and from affordable flying. Freight transportation was transformed by containers moved by ships, trains, and trucks. Communication and the processing and dissemination of information were revolutionized first by transistors, then by integrated circuits and microprocessors, the key components of mainframe and personal computers, televisions, and a multitude of electronic devices, many of them now taking advantage of the Internet.

Keywords:   automobiles, high-speed trains, flying, containers, transistors, integrated circuits, microprocessors, computers, televisions, electronic devices

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