Author(s): S. Nairn


Offers a comprehensive account of the important technological developments of the 20th century - including the railroad, computer, telephone, electricity and more - and how investors over time viewed these advancements.


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"This book has much wisdom, and much that could be learned by investors or companies plannning to back new technologies." (Financial Times, 25 March 2002) "...a well written and well argued book..." (Infoconomist, 1 July 2002) "...thoroughly researched, well written and well argued book..." (Information Age, July 2002)

ALASDAIR (Sandy) NAIRN is Chief Investment Officer of the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in Edinburgh, responsible for the management of over $130 billion in assets. Prior to this, he spent over ten years with the Templeton organization, most recently based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he was director of global equity research. Nairn holds a bachelor's degree in economics and engineering, and a PhD in economics.

Foreword by: Sir John Templeton. Author's Introduction. Acknowledgments. Chapter 1 Making Tracks: The Industrial Revolution, Canals, and Railways. Chapter 2 Breaking Out: The Story of the U.S. Railroads. Chapter 3 Investing at the Speed of Sound: How the Telephone Changed Everything. Chapter 4 Lighting Up: Edison and the Electric Lamp. Chapter 5 Digging Deep: The Search for Oil. Chapter 6 Driving Forward: The History of the Automobile. Chapter 7 Making Waves: The Story of Wireless, from Marconi to Baird. Chapter 8 Making It Count: From Adding Machines to Mainframes. Chapter 9 Processing Power for All: The Rise of the PC. Chapter 10 The Internet: How Time--Share Computing Became a Reality. Chapter 11 The Pathology of Technology Investing. Notes. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780471205951
  • : wiley
  • : wiley
  • : February 2002
  • : 244mm X 155mm X 43mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : S. Nairn
  • : Hardback
  • : 332.671
  • : 512
  • : notes, index