By Noah J. Efron

ISBN-10: 1421413817

ISBN-13: 9781421413815

Scholars have struggled for many years to give an explanation for why Jews have succeeded extravagantly in smooth technological know-how. various arguable theories—from such intellects as C. P. Snow, Norbert Wiener, and Nathaniel Weyl—have been promoted. Snow hypothesized an advanced genetic predisposition to clinical good fortune. Wiener steered that the breeding behavior of Jews sustained hereditary characteristics conducive for studying. Economist and eugenicist Weyl attributed Jewish highbrow eminence to "seventeen centuries of breeding for scholars."

Rejecting the concept that Jews have performed good in technology due to uniquely Jewish features, Jewish brains, and Jewish conduct of brain, historian of technological know-how Noah J. Efron methods the Jewish affinity for technological know-how during the geographic and cultural conditions of Jews who have been pressured to settle in new worlds within the early 20th century.

Seeking aid from non secular persecution, thousands of Jews resettled within the usa, Palestine, and the Soviet Union, with huge concentrations of settlers in long island, Tel Aviv, and Moscow. technology performed a wide function within the lives and livelihoods of those immigrants: it was once a common strength that transcended the arbitrary previous global orders that had lengthy ensured the exclusion of all yet a number of Jews from the seats of strength, wealth, and public esteem. even if the 3 locations have been a long way aside geographically, the hyperlinks one of the groups have been enduring and lively. This shared experience—of dealing with the longer term in new worlds, either actual and conceptual—provided a iteration of Jews with possibilities not like any their mom and dad and grandparents had known.

The tumultuous contemporary century of Jewish historical past, which observed either a methodical crusade to blot out Europe's Jews and the inexorable absorption of Western Jews into the societies within which they now stay, is illuminated by means of where of honor technology held in Jewish imaginations. technological know-how was once primary to their desires of making new worlds—welcoming worlds—for a persecuted people.

This provocative paintings will attract historians of technological know-how in addition to students of faith, Jewish stories, and Zionism.

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