Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past

A Social History of Technology

Erik van der Vleuten, Ruth Oldenziel, and Mila Davids

Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past

Erik van der Vleuten, Ruth Oldenziel, and Mila Davids

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

212 pages | 10 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $21.99 ISBN: 9789462985407 Published January 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Technology today is often presented as our best hope of solving the world's social and sustainability problems. And that's nothing new: engineers have always sought to meet the big challenges of their times—even as those challenges have shaped their technology. This book offers a historical look at those interactions between engineering and social challenges, showing how engineers developed solutions to past problems, and looking at the ways that those solutions often bring with them unintended consequences that themselves require solving.
 
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