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As a nation, we are buying more goods than we are selling. This will only get worse, until governments address the damage done by losing our manufacturing base and thereby the wealth creation process that goes with it. Christopher and Howard Dawes have been joint authors of a book which examines the underlying principles of economic growth and wealth creation.

    Making Things from New Ideas - the secret of prosperity  

This book is written for anyone who wants to understand the mechanisms of wealth creation and economic growth.

It examines how mankind has taken increasing control over his environment; the developed nations enjoying surplus of food, people travelling fast and freely, communicating with others anywhere and developing substantial control over disease. These achievements all rely on artefacts incorporating new ideas and technologies and they have driven economic growth and created new wealth.

Making Things from New Ideas analyses the underlying processes that are going on in the creation of economic growth through making things and also reveals the traps which can inhibit or even prevent growth. The book is based on extensive research on the history of science and technology and builds on case studies drawn from the scientific enlightenment up to the industrial revolution. This shows, in a much simplified way, the innovations and artefacts that those scientists and innovators produced in the 18th century and how these creative processes still drive the global economy today.

The current debate surrounding the fundamental importance of manufacturing as against service industries is addressed, and a model illustrating their interdependent roles in the economic growth process is presented. Predictions and conclusions are drawn.

Making Things from New Ideas, The Secret of Prosperity, is written by Howard Dawes and Christopher Dawes in collaboration with Gerry Martin and Alan Macfarlane.

Making Things from New Ideas - the secret of prosperity, 2005. ISBN 978-0-9551089-0-7

    Summary published in Journal of History of Technology, Volume 26, 2005, Published by Continuum, 2006, pp 1. - 21. ISBN 0-8264-8970-2  
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