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Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology (Sloan Technology)
by Robert Pool
We have long recognized technology as a driving force behind much historical and cultural change. The invention of the printing press initiated the Reformation. The development of the compass ushered in the Age of Exploration and the discovery of the New World. The cotton gin created the conditions that led to the Civil War. Now, in Beyond Engineering, science writer ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 29th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1997)
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Robert Pool, author of the controversial look at the biological basis of gender, Eve’s Rib, and longtime contributor to several distinguished science and technical journals, did not realize what a complex topic he had chosen when he began this book. Originally, he intended to write “a straight-forward treatment of the commercial nuclear industry—its history, its problems, and its potential for the future.” Instead, he discovered a Byzantine maze of inter-connected choices, society shaping techno ...more