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Making Jet Engines in World War IIBritain, Germany, and the United States$
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Hermione Giffard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226388595

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226388625.001.0001

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The Jet Engine and Innovation

The Jet Engine and Innovation

(p.233) Conclusion The Jet Engine and Innovation
Making Jet Engines in World War II

Hermione Giffard

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion reiterates the book’s arguments about how we should write stories of invention. We need a better understanding of how the old facilitates the new and thus shapes it. The conclusion emphasizes again that there are important sources of creativity besides individuals and corporate (and academic) research labs including particularly in industry. It highlights that thinking about how production decisions influence what is developed and what is invented – in other words by considering production, development and invention simultaneously not sequentially with invention first –is crucial to our understanding of technical change. The conclusion then turns to the story of the jet engine to reiterate how these changes – focusing on production, industry and institutions-transform the story of the jet engine. Important changes include: Britain emerges much more strongly, German jet engines are understood as engines of desperation and American jet engines as an investment in the post-war market.

Keywords:   invention, old, industry, jet engine, turbojet, technical change

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