March 13, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Joel Mokyr will give the lecture, "The Mother of All Technological Turning Points: The Industrial Revolution and the Beginnings of Modern Economic Growth," Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is the final talk in the Science, Technology, and Society Colloquium Series, "Technological Turning Points: Technology, Geopolitics, and Economics in the 21st Century."

Mokyr's lecture will discuss the first great technological turning point, the Industrial Revolution of 200 years ago. With the introduction of the steam engine came the first large-scale use of machine power and, in its wake, tremendous economic, social and cultural changes. As such, it is the 'mother of all technological turning points.'

Mokyr is the Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor Economics and History at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 1974, and Sackler Professor at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at the University of Tel Aviv.

A specialist in the economics of technological change and population change, with a focus on the economic causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, he is the author of several works, including The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress, The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective, and his most recent,  The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy

His books have won numerous awards, including the Joseph Schumpeter Memorial Prize, the Ranki Prize for the best book in European Economic history and, most recently, the Donald Price Prize of the American Political Science Association. He is working on the book, The Enlightened Economy, to be published later this year.

Posted March 13, 2007


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