This historical account achieves its basic aim of demonstrating that, with the exception of quite recent history, technology has always influenced science, not the other way round.
If I could attach bells and whistles and flashing lights to this review I would do so because McClellan and Dorn's book deserves to be brought to the attention of all professional historians—and indeed the general reading public—by any means necessary.
(Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire
Inclusive and straightforward.
(Technology and Culture
This is one of few books that tackle both the history of science and the history of technology, and most notably presents them in a global context.
(Suzanne Moon, Colorado School of Mines)
This unusual work enables students to understand some large-scale patterns in history and the ways in which investigations into nature fit into those patterns.
(Barbara J. Reeves, Virginia Tech)
"Professors McClellan and Dorn have written a survey that does not present the historical development of science simply as a Western phenomenon but as the result of wide-ranging human curiosity about nature and attempts to harness its powers in order to serve human needs. This is an impressive amount of material to organize in a single textbook." -- Paula Findlen, Stanford University
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