ISBN13:978-0226710341 ISBN10: 0226710343 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0226710334 ISBN10: 0226710335
Summary: This broad-ranging anthology provides a condensed overview of technology in Western civilization. Its twenty-one carefully selected articles and overview essays demonstrate the complex relationship between technological and social change from antiquity to the present. Specific topics include the origins of contemporary social and political institutions in the irrigation civilizations of antiquity, technology and the military, popular perceptions of the early industri
al revolution in Europe, the difference between invention and innovation, the role of government in the development of technology, the nature of technical expertise, and nuclear power and the environment. General readers and students will find this collection accessible and engaging.
Summary: This broad-ranging anthology provides a condensed overview of technology in Western civilization. Its twenty-one carefully selected articles and overview essays demonstrate the complex relationship between technological and social change from antiquity to the present. Specific topics include the origins of contemporary social and political institutions in the irrigation civilizations of antiquity, technology and the military, popular perceptions of the early industrial revolution in Europe, the difference between invention and innovation, the role of government in the development of technology, the nature of technical expertise, and nuclear power and the environment. General readers and students will find this collection accessible and engaging. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:97 Cover: Paperback Publisher:University of Chicago Press Published: 07/28/1997 International: No
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Introduction by Terry S. Reynolds, Stephen H. Cutcliffe. Overview: Technology and History: "Kranzberg's Laws", Melvin Kranzberg
Technology and the West Through Britain's Industrial Revolution (To Ca. 1850)
Technology in the Preindustrial West, Terry S. Reynolds, Stephen H. Cutcliffe.
The First Technological Revolution and Its Lessons, Peter F. Drucker
Greek Catapults and Catapult Technology: Science, Technology, and War in the Ancient World, Barton C. Hacker
The Technical Act: The Act of Invention: Causes, Contexts, Continuities and Consequences, Lynn White, Jr
Air Pollution and Fuel Crises in Preindustrial London, 1250-1650, William H. Te Brake
The Replacement of the Longbow by Firearms in the English Army, Thomas Esper
On the Social Explanation of Technical Change: The Case of the Portuguese Maritime Expansion, John Law
Muskets and Pendulums: Benjamin Robins, Leonhard Euler, and the Ballistics Revolution, Brett D. Steele
The Philosophy of Luddism: The Case of the West of England Woolen Workers, ca. 1790-1809, Adrian J. Randall
Roads, Railways, and Canals: Technical Choices in 19th-Century Britain, Francis T. Evans
The Expansion and Diffusion of Western Industrial Technology (Ca. 1850 to Present)
Technology and the Industrial West, Terry S. Reynolds, Stephen H. Cutcliffe.
Economic Development and the Transfer in Technology: Some Historical Perspectives, Nathan Rosenberg
The Weapons of the West: Military Technology and Modernization in 19th-Century China and Japan, Barton C. Hacker
The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the 20th Century, Ruth Schwartz Cowan
The Development of the Diesel Engine, Lynwood Bryant
The Emergence of Basic Research in the Bell Telephone System, 1875-1915, Lillian Hoddeson
Flexibility and Mass Production at War: Aircraft Manufacture in Britain, the United States, and Germany, 1939-1945, Jonathan Zeitlin
Spage-Age Europe: Gaullism, Euro-Gaullism, and the American Dilemma, Walter A. McDougall
Nuclear Power and the Environment: The Atomic Energy Commission and Thermal Pollution, 1965-1971, J. Samuel Walker
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