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From the books of H.G. Wells to the press releases of NASA, we are awash in clichéd claims about high technology's ability to change the course of history. Now, in The Shock of the Old, David Edgerton offers a startling new and fresh way of thinking about the history of technology, radically revising our ideas about the interaction of technology and society in the past and in the present. He challenges us to view the history of technology in terms of what everyday people have actually used-and continue to use-rather than just sophisticated inventions. Indeed, many highly touted technologies, from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet, have been costly failures, while many mundane discoveries, like corrugated iron, become hugely important around the world. Edgerton reassesses the significance of such acclaimed inventions as the Pill and information technology, and underscores the continued importance of unheralded technology, debunking many notions about the implications of the "information age." A provocative history, The Shock of the Old provides an entirely new way of looking historically at the relationship between invention and innovation.

About the Author

David Edgerton is the Hans Rausing Professor at Imperial College, London, where he was the founding director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Significance

2. Time

3. Production

4. Maintenance

5. Nations

6. War

7. Killing

8. Invention

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199832613
Author:
Edgerton, David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
History, Other | History of Science
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 bandw photographs
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 0.6 in 0.85 lb

Related Subjects

Engineering » Engineering » History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General

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