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Making Jet Engines in World War II : Britain, Germany, and the United States / Hermione Giffard.

Author/Creator:
Giffard, Hermione author.
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (336 pages) : 34 halftones, 2 line drawings, 3 tables
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Jet engines -- Germany.
Jet engines -- Great Britain.
Jet engines -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Equipment and supplies.
Local subjects:
gas turbine. (search)
industry. (search)
innovation. (search)
invention. (search)
jet engine. (search)
technical change. (search)
technology. (search)
turbojet. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Our stories of industrial innovation tend to focus on individual initiative and breakthroughs. With Making Jet Engines in World War II, Hermione Giffard uses the case of the development of jet engines to offer a different way of understanding technological innovation, revealing the complicated mix of factors that go into any decision to pursue an innovative, and therefore risky technology. Giffard compares the approaches of Britain, Germany, and the United States. Each approached jet engines in different ways because of its own war aims and industrial expertise. Germany, which produced more jet engines than the others, did so largely as replacements for more expensive piston engines. Britain, on the other hand, produced relatively few engines-but, by shifting emphasis to design rather than production, found itself at war's end holding an unrivaled range of designs. The US emphasis on development, meanwhile, built an institutional basis for postwar production. Taken together, Giffard's work makes a powerful case for a more nuanced understanding of technological innovation, one that takes into account the influence of the many organizational factors that play a part in the journey from idea to finished product.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1. Turbojet Production during World War II
Chapter 2. The Aero- Engine Industry and Turbojet Development
Chapter 3. Inventive Institutions
Chapter 4. The Construction of a Hero
Conclusion. The Jet Engine and Innovation
Appendix A. Power Jets Limited, Schedule of Shareholders, November 1, 1943
Appendix B. Air Ministry Jet Publicity (1944- 45)
Appendix C. Engine Comparison Table
Acknowledgments
Archives Consulted
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 22. Okt 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226388625
OCLC:
993688947
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226388625 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.