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Beyond Engineering How Society Shapes Technology

by Robert Pool

  • ISBN: 9780195129113
  • ISBN10: 0195129113

Beyond Engineering How Society Shapes Technology

by Robert Pool

  • List Price: $24.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780195129113
  • ISBN10: 0195129113
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Description: We have Long recognized technology as a driving force behind much historical and cultural change. Now, in Beyond Engineering, science writer Robert Pool turns the question around to examine how society shapes technology. Drawing on such disparate fields as history, economics, risk analysis, management science, sociology, and psychology, Pool illuminates the complex, often fascinating interplay between machines and society, in a book that will revolutionize how we think about technology.

We tend to think that reason guides technological development, that engineering expertise atone determines the final, form an invention takes. But if you look closely enough at the history of any invention, says Pool, you will find that factors unrelated to engineering seem to have an almost equal impact. Whether discussing bovine growth hormone, nuclear power plants, or baboon-to-human transplants, Beyond Engineering is an engaging took at modern technology and an illuminating account of how technology and the modern world shape each other.

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