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Our Own Devices: How Technology Remakes Humanity

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Publisher Comments:

This delightful and instructive history of invention shows why National Public Radio dubbed Tenner “the philosopher of everyday technology.” Looking at how our inventions have impacted our world in ways we never intended or imagined, he shows that the things we create have a tendency to bounce back and change us.

The reclining chair, originally designed for brief, healthful relaxation, has become the very symbol of obesity. The helmet, invented for military purposes, has made possible new sports like mountain biking and rollerblading. The typewriter, created to make business run more smoothly, has resulted in wide-spread vision problems, which in turn have made people more reliant on another invention—eyeglasses. As he sheds light on the many ways inventions surprise and renew us, Tenner considers where technology will take us in the future, and what we can expect from the devices that we no longer seem able to live without.

Synopsis:

The author of Why Things Bit Back provides a revealing glimpse at how the inventions we have created to help, protect, and ease our lives dramatically affect the human body and human life, examining the sometimes surprising ways in which technology has transformed the world. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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Edward Tenner has been a visiting scholar in the Departments of Geosciences and English at Princeton University. Recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, he is currently senior research associate at the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He lives in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

  1. Machine generated contents note: Preface ix — Chapter One: Technology, Technique, and the Body 3
  2. Chapter Two: The First Technology: Bottle-Feeding 30
  3. Chapter Three: Slow Motion: Zori 51
  4. Chapter Four: Double Time: Athletic Shoes 75
  5. Chapter Five: Sitting Up Straight: Posture Chairs 104
  6. Chapter Six: Laid Back: Reclining Chairs 134
  7. Chapter Seven: Mechanical Arts: Musical Keyboards 161
  8. Chapter Eight: Letter Perfect?: Text Keyboards 187
  9. Chapter Nine: Second Sight: Eyeglasses 213
  10. Chapter Ten: Hardheaded Logic: Helmets 238
  11. Epilogue: Thumbs Up 263 — Notes 269
  12. Suggestionsfor Further Reading 302
  13. Index 305.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307489227
Subtitle:
How Technology Remakes Humanity
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Tenner, Edward
Author:
Edward Tenner
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : General
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : History
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Social Aspects
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Inventions
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Inventions
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
History of Science-Technology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040608
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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Engineering » Engineering » History
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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
Reference » Science Reference » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology

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Product details 336 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307489227 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of Why Things Bit Back provides a revealing glimpse at how the inventions we have created to help, protect, and ease our lives dramatically affect the human body and human life, examining the sometimes surprising ways in which technology has transformed the world. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Edward Tenner has been a visiting scholar in the Departments of Geosciences and English at Princeton University. Recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, he is currently senior research associate at the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He lives in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

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