Sex, Bombs, and Burgers

How War, Pornography, And Fast Food Have Shaped Modern Technology


Book Description

A fun and fascinating exploration of modern technology, Sex, Bombs, and Burgers reveals how these three billion-dollar 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.

About Nowak, Peter

Peter Nowak is the senior science writer and technology expert for CBC News Online. He has been writing about technology for more than a decade, and his work has appeared in top newspapers around the world, including the Boston Globe, Toronto Star, South China Morning Post, and New Zealand Herald. He won the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Award for excellence in reporting and was named the technology journalist of the year by the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand. He lives in Toronto.