The Future of Cities:
In the wake of last year's attack on the World Trade Centre in New York Saskia Sassen, the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, considers the prospects of the world's global super-cities. Primary terrorist targets, London and Tokyo, Frankfurt, New York and Paris have very different histories but are the command posts of the global economy, citadels of corporate power bastioned by a vast agglomeration of hi-tech production centres. How much longer can this massive concentration of resources continue?
Music and Machines:
Laurie Taylor considers whether inventions are always just waiting to happen as we hear the very odd history of the synthesiser and other musical instruments. Roderick Swanston, of the Royal College of Music joins Laurie to swap anecdotes with Trevor Pinch, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University, and to discuss what happens when artists and scientists unite to push back the sound barrier.
Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
Tel: 020 7589 3643
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Room 632, Clark Hall
New York 14853
Tel: (607) 255-6048
Analog Days - The Invention and impact of the moog synthesizer
by Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco
Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0 674 00889 8
The University of Chicago Law School
1111 E. 60th Street
Tel: (773) 702-9494
Global Networks, Linked Cities
edited by Saskia Sassen
Routledge ISBN 0 415 93163 0
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