9780521109840

Colonial Technology: Science and the Transfer of Innovation to Australia

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521109840

  • ISBN10:

    0521109841

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Australia has always imported overseas technology, largely out of necessity, but has this been exploitative, fostering a relationship of dependence, or used to Australia's advantage? Jan Todd explores this question in the context of nineteenth-century science. In her important study, Todd argues that the technology transfer was far more complex than has been widely acknowledged. She shows that technology systems reflect national characteristics, institutions and priorities, drawing general conclusions about Australian science and technology in an imperial context. Much of the book is devoted to two fascinating case studies: the anthrax vaccination for sheep and the cyanide process of gold extraction, both transferred from Europe. In both cases, considering a range of economic, political and cultural factors, she traces a process of creative adaptation to these technologies.

Table of Contents

Overview
Dependency at the periphery: debates and questions
Cross-currents of change
Microbes, Rabbits and Sheep
Microbes versus poisonous plants
Contagion, conflict and compromise
From paris to Narrandera
From foreign to domestic capability
Rocks, Cyanide and Gold
Australian gold, British chemists
Transfer agents and colonial connections
A challenge for technological imperialists
governments, experts and institutional adjustment
From Glasgow to Kalgoorlie
Out of the hands of 'rule-of-thumb' men
Linkages, Learning and Sovereignty
Transfer, diffusion and learning
Colonial science: an intellectual bridge
Toward an Australian system
Notes
Index
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