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Evolution of Technology

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Publisher Comments:

'Presents an evolutionary theory of technological change based on recent scholarship in the history of technology and on relevant material drawn from economic history and anthropology. Challenges the popular notion that technological advances arise from the efforts of a few heroic individuals who produce a series of revolutionary inventions that owe little or nothing to the technological past. Therefore, the book\'s argument is shaped by analogies drawn selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and not from the theory and practice of political revolution. Three themes appear, with variations, throughout the study. The first is diversity: an acknowledgment of the vast numbers of different kinds of made things (artifacts) that long have been available to humanity. The second theme is necessity: the mistaken belief that humans are driven to invent new artifacts in order to meet basic biological needs such as food, shelter, and defense. And the third theme is technological evolution: an organic analogy that explains both the emergence of the novel artifacts and their subsequent selection by society for incorporation into its material life without invoking either biological necessity or technological process.'

Book News Annotation:

Presents a theory of technological change as analogous to biological evolution. Basalla (history, U. of Delaware) asserts that from an array of existing innovations, each culture selects according to its values and perceived needs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book presents an evolutionary theory of technological change.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Diversity, necessity, and evolution; 2. Continuity and discontinuity; 3. Novelty: psychological and intellectual factors; 4. Novelty: socioeconomic and cultural factors; 5. Selection: economic and military factors; 6. Selection: social and cultural factors; 7. Conclusion: evolution and progress; Bibliography; Sources of questions; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521228558
Author:
Basalla, George
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Hannaway, Owen
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Technology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Technology -- History.
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Cambridge History of Science
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
6.00x9.00x.75 in. 1.22 lbs.

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