Peter Temin: Tribute to David S. Landes:
David Landes was… the author of masterful narratives written throughout the latter half of the twentieth century… the growth of technology, given a primary place in economic history by the importance of the Industrial Revolution and in economics by the pioneering work of Robert Solow… the role of entrepreneurs… the role of culture in economic affairs….
The lead book in the first area is The Unbound Prometheus… describes how the world economy was freed from the Malthusian constraint of static resources…. Landes supplied the evidence behind these broad generalizations in a riveting narrative of discoveries. He added a detailed case study to this general narrative in Revolution in Time, the history of innovation in the clock and watch industries….