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The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery
Read in March, 2012

What an interesting revelation. The 1868 beginning of MIT as a science-only based college, versus Harvard as a college based on classic studies and religious principles. My, how things change!

This was an intriguing story of mysteries and destruction in Boston brought about by diabolical scientific plotting. While the city lived in fear because of several large disasters, a small group of 'Techies' decide to investigate these terrible happenings and find out how they were initiated. They put themselves and their fledgling college in danger.

I enjoyed the Afterword because it put a real face on the tug and pull of science based instruction. It's hard to believe in this day and age that people feared technology and what it would bring to their world. We now ask ourselves if we have too much technology, if it is taking away our initiative, our curiosity, our ability for reflection and higher levels of thinking. Has the earlier fear actually come to pass?
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