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Technology and Choice

Readings from Technology and Culture

Innovation - the imaginative attempt to introduce something new or to solve some problem - smashes routine and demands choice, even if only the choice to retain the status quo. This collection of fourteen essays provides a spectrum of historical perspectives on how, when, or why, individuals, societies, governments, and industries have made choices regarding the use of technologies.

Through historical accounts that span centuries and national boundaries, exploring the complexity of a nuclear power plant and the apparent simplicity of an electrical plug, the contributors to this volume dramatically illustrate the push and pull between technology and society. General topics addressed include:
  • Regulation of private industry
  • Social acceptance of commercial innovation
  • Negative perceptions of the "Technological Age"
  • Cultural and artistic features of technology
Provocative and accessible, this collection will serve both students and faculty in history, sociology, and public policy, as well as in history and philosophy of science and technology. 

These essays were originally published in the journal Technology and Culture

336 pages | 21 halftones, 16 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1991

History: History of Technology

History of Science

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