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From the books of H.G. Wells to the press releases of NASA, we are awash in cliched claims about technology and history, writes David Edgerton. Now, in The Shock of the Old, 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. Our sense of technological time (and our thinking about technology and production, nationalism, war, and more besides) will all be changed, and to a surprising degree.

Modern technology, writes Edgerton, is not just a matter of electricity, mass production, aerospace, nuclear power, and the internet. It also involves the rickshaw, the horse, corrugated iron, cement, DDT, small arms, flat-pack furniture and the refrigerator. The Shock of the Old challenges us to view the history of technology in terms of what everyday people have actually used, and continue to use around the world, rather than just what was invented. The reader discovers that many highly touted technologies, from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet, have been costly failures. On the other hand, corrugated iron emerges as hugely important, a truly global technology. Its cheapness, lightness, ease of use and long life made it a ubiquitous material in the poor world in a way it never had been in the rich world. Edgerton reassesses the significance of such acclaimed inventions as the Pill and IT, and underscores the continued importance of unheralded technology, debunking the idea that we live in an era of ever-increasing invention and casting doubt upon the many naive assertions about the information age.

A provocative history in themold of Simon Schama, David S. Landes, and Eric Hobsbawm, The Shock of the Old provides an entirely new way of looking historically at the relationship between technology and society as well as invention and innovation themselves.

Synopsis:

From the books of H.G. Wells to the press releases of NASA, we are awash in clichéd claims about technology and history, writes David Edgerton. Now, in The Shock of the Old, 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. Our sense of technological time--and our thinking about technology and production, nationalism, war, and more besides--will all be changed, and to a surprising degree.

Modern technology, writes Edgerton, is not just a matter of electricity, mass production, aerospace, nuclear power, and the internet. It also involves the rickshaw, the horse, corrugated iron, cement, DDT, small arms, flat-pack furniture and the refrigerator. The Shock of the Old challenges us to view the history of technology in terms of what everyday people have actually used--and continue to use around the world--rather than just what was invented. The reader discovers that many highly touted technologies--from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet--have been costly failures. On the other hand, corrugated iron emerges as hugely important, a truly global technology. Its cheapness, lightness, ease of use and long life made it a ubiquitous material in the poor world in a way it never had been in the rich world. Edgerton reassesses the significance of such acclaimed inventions as the Pill and IT, and underscores the continued importance of unheralded technology, debunking the idea that we live in an era of ever-increasing invention and casting doubt upon the many naïve assertions about "the information age."

A provocative history in the mold of Simon Schama, David S. Landes, and Eric Hobsbawm, The Shock of the Old provides an entirely new way of looking historically at the relationship between technology and society as well as invention and innovation themselves.

Synopsis:

Offering a fresh way of thinking about the history of technology, this book radically revises ideas about the interaction of technology and society in the past and in the present. It provides an entirely new way of looking historically at the relationship between technology and society as well as invention and innovation themselves.

About the Author

David Edgerton is the Hans Rausing Professor at Imperial College London where he was the Founding Director of its Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. One of Britain's leading historians, he has challenged conventional analyses of technology for 20 years. He has written for such publications as Prospect, the London Review of Books, Nature, Times Higher Education Supplement, and the Guardian, and has often appeared on television and radio. He lives in London.

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

Introduction

1. Significance

2. Time

3. Production

4. Maintenance

5. Nations

6. War

7. Killing

8. Invention

Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195322835
Author:
Edgerton, David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, David
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
History, Other | History of Technology
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Technology -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Technology -- Social aspects -- History.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
History, Other | History of Science
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 bandw photographs
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.36x6.46x.98 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From the books of H.G. Wells to the press releases of NASA, we are awash in clichéd claims about technology and history, writes David Edgerton. Now, in The Shock of the Old, 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. Our sense of technological time--and our thinking about technology and production, nationalism, war, and more besides--will all be changed, and to a surprising degree.

Modern technology, writes Edgerton, is not just a matter of electricity, mass production, aerospace, nuclear power, and the internet. It also involves the rickshaw, the horse, corrugated iron, cement, DDT, small arms, flat-pack furniture and the refrigerator. The Shock of the Old challenges us to view the history of technology in terms of what everyday people have actually used--and continue to use around the world--rather than just what was invented. The reader discovers that many highly touted technologies--from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet--have been costly failures. On the other hand, corrugated iron emerges as hugely important, a truly global technology. Its cheapness, lightness, ease of use and long life made it a ubiquitous material in the poor world in a way it never had been in the rich world. Edgerton reassesses the significance of such acclaimed inventions as the Pill and IT, and underscores the continued importance of unheralded technology, debunking the idea that we live in an era of ever-increasing invention and casting doubt upon the many naïve assertions about "the information age."

A provocative history in the mold of Simon Schama, David S. Landes, and Eric Hobsbawm, The Shock of the Old provides an entirely new way of looking historically at the relationship between technology and society as well as invention and innovation themselves.

"Synopsis" by , Offering a fresh way of thinking about the history of technology, this book radically revises ideas about the interaction of technology and society in the past and in the present. It provides an entirely new way of looking historically at the relationship between technology and society as well as invention and innovation themselves.
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