9781421401539

Leonardo to the Internet : Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present

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    9781421401539

  • ISBN10:

    1421401533

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/16/2011
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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Summary

Historian Thomas J. Misa's sweeping history of the relationship between technology and society over the past 500 years reveals how technological innovations have shaped -- and have been shaped by -- the cultures in which they arose. Spanning the preindustrial past, the age of scientific, political, and industrial revolutions, as well as the more recent eras of imperialism, modernism, and global security, this compelling work evaluates what Misa calls "the question of technology." Misa brings his acclaimed text up to date by examining how today's unsustainable energy consumption, insecure information gathering, and vulnerable global shipping industry have helped foster geopolitical risks and instability. A masterful analysis of how technology and culture have influenced each other over five centuries, Leonardo to the Internet frames a history that illuminates modern-day problems and prospects faced by our technology-dependent world. Praise for the first edition "Closely reasoned, reflective, and written with insight, grace, and wit, Misa's book takes us on a personal tour of technology and history, seeking to define and analyze paradigmatic techno-cultural eras." -- Technology and Culture "Follows [Thomas] Hughes's model of combining an engaging historical narrative with deeper lessons about technology." -- American Scholar "His case studies, such as that of Italian futurism or the localizations of the global McDonalds, provide good starting points for thought and discussion." -- Journal of Interdisciplinary History "This review cannot do justice to the precision and grace with which Misa analyzes technologies in their social contexts. He convincingly demonstrates the usefulness of his conceptual model." -- History and Technology "A fascinating, informative, and well-illustrated book." -- Choice

Author Biography

Thomas J. Misa is director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. His books include Managing Technology in Society; Modernity and Technology; Urban Machinery, Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing; and the award-winning A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925, the last also published by Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Technologies of the Court, 1450-1600p. 1
Techniques of Commerce, 1588-1740p. 33
Geographies of Industry, 1740-1851p. 59
Instrument's of Empire, 1840-1914p. 97
Science and Systems, 1870-1930p. 128
Materials of Modernism, 1900-1950p. 158
The Means of Destruction, 1936-1990p. 190
Toward Global Culture, 1970-2001p. 225
Paths to Insecurity, 2001-2010p. 260
The Question of Technologyp. 299
Notesp. 321
Notes on Sourcesp. 355
Indexp. 365
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