Leo Dean Jansen MD
The book is still in development, still being written. Portions of chapters of the book will be included in the upcoming blogs as they finished.
The working title of the book is: TECHNOLOGY: Table, Truths, Timeline, Top 100.
The book concept has 4 main approaches to the history of technology.
- InventTable – the periodic table of technology. 10 classes of technology on the horizontal axis. 9 time periods on the vertical axis.
- Technology Truths – list of laws, axioms, rules of technology drawn from the analysis of technology history.
- Timeline – 2000 inventions listed chronologically in 9 time periods from the beginning of human existence to the present day.
- Top 100 – list of the 100 greatest inventions of all time organized by importance. Central to the book is the importance of data as the engine which drives the creation of inventions. The eras of technology are defined by data. The 5 dimensions of data helps us understand the unevenness of inventions over time. Data is as important as the energy, machines, materials, and biotechnology combined. Technology surrounds us, shapes us, and increasingly defines us. It answers life’s fundamental questions: What are our human origins? What future lies in the 21st century and beyond? The history of technology provides remarkable insights into where we are and where we are going.The upcoming book, TECHNOLOGY: Table, Truths, Timeline, Top 100 began as an effort to define the greatest inventions in history. Once the list of 2000 inventions was placed in a timeline, the InventTable was used to organize a reduced top 1000 list.The history of technology is incredibly uneven. Large time periods exist, completely void of new inventions. Other periods, often amazingly brief, demonstrate explosions of inventions across all technology classes. And yet, with each generation, the impact of technology is more profound. Some cultures and civilizations produce virtually no technology. Other civilizations produce 10X-100X the number of inventions we would expect. Answers to these technology riddles often lie with the technology and culture itself.Success in our increasingly synthetic world requires the fullest grasp of why things change. As a practicing orthopedic surgeon, I bore witness to vast technological change over 30 years. Changes in arthroscopic procedures, new materials, robotics, and joint replacements have transformed my specialty. I am alive today due to the technology of cardiology. I have an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) device which not only monitors but can correct my malignant heart rhythms. This book reflects my love for and debt to technology.