industrial revolution


Definition of industrial revolution

: a rapid major change in an economy (as in England in the late 18th century) marked by the general introduction of power-driven machinery or by an important change in the prevailing types and methods of use of such machines

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In terms of scale, think of how the industrial revolution transformed the agrarian age. Ed Clendaniel, The Mercury News, "Clendaniel: After Apollo 11, have we lost our ability to be aspirational?," 20 July 2019 The problem is, at present, higher education is designed for the last industrial revolution, not the current one. Scott F. Latham, The Conversation, "What Amazon’s decision to retrain a third of its employees means for the future of work," 19 July 2019 Since the industrial revolution, humans have added around 300 billion tons of extra carbon to the atmosphere -- mainly through burning fossil fuels -- which is heating the planet to dangerous levels. Mark Tutton, CNN, "Restoring forests could capture two-thirds of the carbon humans have added to the atmosphere," 4 July 2019 Those who came before us ensured that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution and of modern invention. Philip B. Russell, The Mercury News, "Opinion: If JFK were alive today, he would seek another giant leap for mankind," 19 July 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast Optional Activities:Secret Lagoon Hot Spring Accommodations:Hotel Ork Selfoss Day 5: South Coast Today, explore Iceland’s amazing history, from the Viking era to the industrial revolution. National Geographic, "Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords," 17 June 2019 The most obvious features of Fred’s new time series are the devastating effect of the 14th century Black Death pandemic and the population explosion that accompanied the industrial revolution. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Fred Gets Acquainted With William the Conqueror," 6 Dec. 2018 American industry initially appeared to have escaped the drama and social upheaval that marked Britain’s industrial revolution. David Sessions, The New Republic, "The Meaning of American Factories," 2 Apr. 2018 Since then, the company, whose origins go back to the industrial revolution, and whose evolution maps the story of British manufacturing, has been kept alive by the government. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Death of British Steel and the Myth of the Good Brexit," 10 July 2019

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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