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Men, Machines, and Modern Times (The MIT Press)

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An engaging look at how we have learned to live with innovation and new technologies through history.

People have had trouble adapting to new technology ever since (perhaps) the inventor of the wheel had to explain that a wheelbarrow could carry more than a person. This little book by a celebrated MIT professor—the fiftieth anniversary edition of a classic—describes how

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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published August 19th 2016 by The MIT Press (first published December 1st 1966)
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George Siehl
What a wonderful book! It is easy to see why it played such a central role in Brandy Schillace's "Clockwork Futures," an examination of the science behind steampunk. Author Morison was a historian at MIT where he followed issues relating to technology and society. This book was first published in 1966, followed by a 50th anniversary edition paperback from MIT in 2016. The latter does have a foreword and some introductory remarks that are informative, but the small format of the book is too cramp ...more
Alex
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ngt långrandig men med givande och intressanta infallsvinklar och poänger
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I have learned something. Not how to make steel but how technological innovation happens on a social level.
Willis Whitlock
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author uses examples from the 1800s to examine our reaction to technology. Published in 1968 but the principles used apply to current technology.

Reading this book changed the way I look at the world, especially technology.
Joe
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I loved all the essays except "Almost the Greatest Invention". Morison does an excellent job capturing man's resistance to change, as well as the disruption caused by new technologies. ...more
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Elting Elmore Morison was an author of non-fiction books, an essayist, a United States historian of technology, a military biographer, an MIT professor emeritus, the conceiver and founder of MIT's program in Science, Technology and Society (STS).

Morison earned his BA (1932) and MA (1937) at Harvard University, where he served for two years as assistant dean. In 1946 he took a position at the Massa
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