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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 industry and governments began funding scientific research that would lead directly to new or improved technologies. <P>McClellan and Dorn identify two great scientific traditions: the useful sciences, patronized by the state from the dawn of civilization, and scientific theorizing, initiated by the ancient Greeks. They find that scientific traditions took root in China, India, and Central and South America, as well as in a series of Near Eastern empires, during late antiquity and the Middle Ages. From this comparative perspective, the authors explore the emergence of Europe and the United States as a scientific and technological power. <P>The new edition reorganizes its treatment of Greek science and significantly expands its coverage of industrial civilization and contemporary science and technology with new and revised chapters devoted to applied science, the sociology and economics of science, globalization, and the technological systems that underpin everyday life.

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Writing for general and undergraduate audiences, the authors (professors of the history of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology) trace the joint and separate histories of science and technology from prehistoric times to the present. Noting that for most of human history science and technology have progressed in either partial or full isolation from each other, both intellectually and sociologically, they hope to demonstrate in their history how they have come to be merged in the past 100 years.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Writing for general and undergraduate audiences, the authors (professors of the history of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology) trace the joint and separate histories of science and technology from prehistoric times to the present. Noting that for most of human history science and technology have progressed in either partial or full isolation from each other, both intellectually and sociologically, they hope to demonstrate in their history how they have come to be merged in the past 100 years. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801883606
Author:
Mcclellan, James E.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Dorn, Harold
Author:
McClellan, James E.
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Technology -- History.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
478
Dimensions:
9.92x7.04x1.20 in. 2.21 lbs.

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