Sex, Bombs and Burgers

How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology As We Know It

A fun and fascinating exploration of modern technology, Sex, Bombs and Burgers reveals how the billion-dollar military, pornography and fast-food industries have shaped our everyday lives. It’s also a chronicle of popular culture, chock-full of surprising revelations.

Take a look around your home. Your microwave? A British military scientist invented its technology by accident while trying to devise a death ray to blow up enemy planes. Your handheld video recorder? Developed by the military in World War II but adopted and made affordable by post-war pornographers. That vacuum robot on late-night infomercials? Born of a mine sniffer patrolling the caves of Afghanistan.

From the unexpected origins of aerosols, silly putty, and the internet to Saran Wrap, Tupperware and video games, here is an engaging look at modern life as we know it.

sex bombs burgersThe Guardian review: The mothers of invention that helped create technology.
The Wall Street Journal review: The spoils of war.
New Scientist review: How war gave us the microwave.

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