A review of the gift of athena

Had the United States crafted its own institutions in the image of Britain my counterfactual suggests that I would not be typing this review on my own computer, but instead would be sharpening a formidable array of pencils. The cost of access fell partly due to innovations in postal services, improved transportation, greater availability of cheap reading matter, and standardization of information such as in the use of mathematics as a means of communication.

Also required are a distribution of propositional knowledge and of knowledge-producing processes that encourages its further development and use, institutions that foster the systematic development of prescriptive knowledge from propositional knowledgeand societal openness and rationality.

Based on comparative economic history, I am more sanguine about the effectiveness of efforts directed towards inducing increases in useful knowledge unaided by Athena; I am less sanguine about the welfare gains from improved access, in the absence of institutions deliberately designed to ensure a process of democratization.

It was not necessarily that scientific breakthroughs led to the Industrial Revolution, but rather that more easily transmitted and formalized knowledge, especially propositional knowledge, made innovation easier.

If a solution to an industrial problem is found through serendipity but the underlying principles are unknown, the cost and riskiness of replication tend to be high. If it were, North Korea would be just as wealthy as North America.

For a cluster of reasons that Mokyr reviews, however, France and other countries were too closed to the practical application of knowledge to best Great Britain economically at the dawn of the industrial age.

In the Iliad, Athena was the divine form of the heroic, martial ideal: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. The components of this set also influence the costs of acquiring or using techniques.

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Mokyr argues that Great Britain was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution because the British were unusually open to change. She may not have been described as a virgin originally, but virginity was attributed to her very early and was the basis for the interpretation of her epithets Pallas and Parthenos.

Indeed, Mokyr argues that the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century was built on the scientific revolution of the 17th century and the Enlightenment movement of the 18th century. The results of empirical studies regarding sanitation and hygiene had a significant impact on household practices and beliefs.

Athena was customarily portrayed wearing body armour and a helmet and carrying a shield and a lance. Useful knowledge comprises two categories: He speculates that such large gains in useful knowledge were experienced in the s that they possibly amounted to another industrial revolution.

Moreover, this exaggerated commitment may have delayed the entrance of some married women to the labor force. He argues that the growth explosion in the modern West in the past two centuries was driven not just by the appearance of new technological ideas but also by the improved access to these ideas in society at large--as made possible by social networks comprising universities, publishers, professional sciences, and kindred institutions.

She was widely worshipped, but in modern times she is associated primarily with Athensto which she gave her name. One reason for the sorry lack of progress in understanding economic growth is that this topic has been dominated by theorists: Mokyr makes an important and usually overlooked point about the Industrial Revolution when he argues that it was not so much driven by lone individual heroic inventors but by a social network for innovation.They also have a small gift shop with a few cute trinkets.

Tickets were cheap, I think $6 for an adult. There's a super cool huge door that's like 7 tons or something so you can move it because it's on ball bearings. Inside, I hear there is a giant golden statue of Athena, who the Parthenon was made for. 4/4().

In The Gifts of Athena, Mokyr aims chiefly to explain why the Industrial Revolution occurred when it did (circa –) and where it did (Great Britain) and why it eventually spread throughout the Western world.

He rightly recognizes that this event is “the central event of modern history. Independent Review Issues Articles by Issue. Buy The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy New Ed by Joel Mokyr (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy

Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders/5. The Gifts of the Goddess Athena T h e G i f t s o f A t h e n a A thena is as benevolent in peace as she is redoubtable in war, and rends valuable service to mankind, She taught the people of Cyrene the art of taming horses.

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