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Technology and American Society (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Gary Cross , Rick Szostak
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October 2, 2004 0131896431 978-0131896437 2

In a single volume, this book combines the history of invention and the interactions of technology with social, economic, cultural, and military change throughout the course of American history. It illustrates the gradual shift from the era of individual artisan inventors to emergence of science-based corporate technology, and links the origins and development of American innovation to the global transformation of industry, agriculture, and transportation. For professionals in any industry influenced by technology.


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In a single volume, this text combines the history of invention and the interactions of technology with social, economic, cultural, and military change throughout the course of American history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With a new final chapter covering recent electronic and technological advances, the second edition of Technology and American Society extends coverage of innovations in industry, home, office, agriculture, transport, constructions, and services into the twenty-first century. Offering a global perspective on the development of American technology, the text is structured around a historical narrative detailing major technological transformations over the last three centuries. With coverage devoted to both dramatic breakthroughs and incremental innovations, Technology and American Society analyzes the cause-and-effect relationship of change and its role in the constant drive for improvement and modernization.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (October 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131896431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131896437
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable First Survey and Introduction to the Facts September 30, 2012
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This book gets the job done. There are many ways in which this book bothers me, but I simply don't think there is, currently, a better, more appropriately written introductory book on the history of technology in America. Let me briefly say what is wrong or lacking in the book, and then I will discuss its merits.

The first thing that agitates me to the core is that this book is written like a middle school or high school history book, and the formatting reflects this, too. I think most readers will open the book and instantly see what I mean. Now, I must mitigate that statement by saying that some people might find this quality attractive, because those books (exempli gratia, middle school and high school textbooks) are written to maximize organization and to induce comfort through familiarity. My more substantive agitation with the text is that it is not sufficiently philosophical and lacks some amount of depth in perspective of actual science. The former issue, I think, stems from the fact that there is a naiveté, when it comes overlooking the role of philosophy of science in understanding the history of science and technology. Of course, the book might be geared toward someone who has nil in the way of philosophy, so it is hard for me to critical press this point. On the second issue, that of lacking scientific perspective, again, the book's motivation is undoubtedly geared toward a crowd that lacks knowledge of science.

What the book does well is supply the sociological contributing factors to the considerations of American history of science and technology. The insights regarding economic consideration, for instance, make the book valuable in ways that an history of science motivated by philosophy might not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too pricey, but customer service as expected October 15, 2013
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A little bit too pricy for an used book... (Not all the students have rich parents).
However, I had to return the book, beause I dropped the class. Customer service was great on the book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review February 4, 2012
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I was happy with the textbook. It also came very promptly. I will order more textbooks in the future from amazon.
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