A Social History of American Technology
A textbook survey of American technology from the early 17th century to the present. The concept of technological systems is used as a unifying theme to demonstrate the notion that technological change is neither sudden nor discontinuous, but is always closely related to social developments which determine both the kinds of tools developed and the ways in which they are utilized. Cowan argues that the way in which Americans have viewed technology has been as important as the scientific developments themselves, and in the final chapter she examines the vast social implications of recent technological developments such as atomic energy, birth control, genetic engineering and personal computers, and the ways in which they are causing changes in America's political, social and economic structure.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 162.05 x 242.82 x 28.45mm | 612.35g
- 30 Jan 1997
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 28 halftones, 3 line drawings, bibliography