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Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction

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Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook may be the single most influential study of the historical relationship between science and technology ever published. Tracing this relationship from the dawn of civilization through the twentieth century, James E. McClellan III and Harold Dorn argue that technology as applied science emerged relatively recently, as indu ...more
Hardcover, 478 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1999)
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Aug 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: undergraduates.
Shelves: historyofscience
The main thesis of this book is to show how technology and science developed largely independently of each other throughout almost all of history. Science and Technology in World Literally is quite literally an undergraduate course book. In view of the complexity of the subject matter, I found this to be a boon rather then hindrance. The authors do an amazing job summarizing complex material.

SciTechinWorHis (my abbreviation for the lengthy title) begins with a survey of the "pristine
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Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, history
A good survey managing to compress science and technology from ape to Manhattan project in around 450 pages. Obviously precision suffers given the vastness of the subject but the book's innovative approach lies in explaining non-Western traditions contributions to the scientific enterprise; I especially liked the Muslim and Chinese technologies sections. The ending is scant though historically (uniformly distributed in time) the distribution of technology is reverse-Pareto (we are living in the ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
A solid introductory text on the history of Science and Technology. It had all the familiar stories and characters. It also highlighted the importance of science and technology on world history. I am know most of the material so their wasn't any new information for me but for someone who wants to get into this at the ground floor it is a good intro text.
Karla Jasso
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
Un libro obligatorio y atrayente!!!
Recomendación especial, capítulo 13: "God said, Let Newton be!"
Emre Karadeniz
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few books which have a great influence over me.
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Apr 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
A lavish book that explores the burgeoning scientific thought in Europe and elsewhere.
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