- Series: Machines, Systems and the Human World
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (January 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684863111
- ISBN-13: 978-0684863115
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With a keen eye for both breadth and detail, for irony and insight, Rhodes has found some of the best thinking by figures ranging from Henry Ford and Albert Einstein to Rachel Carson and Joan Didion."–Scott LaFee, The San Diego Union-Tribune
"A captivating encapsulation of our dissonant feelings about technology."–Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
"The book reads like a condensed history of technology, told through the strained voices of those who marvel -- or cower -- at its impact."–Jeff Pooley, Brill's Content
About the Author
Richard Rhodes is the author of numerous books and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He graduated from Yale University and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Appearing as host and correspondent for documentaries on public television’s Frontline and American Experience series, he has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Visit his website: RichardRhodes.com
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Some of them are ironic, such as predictions that never came to pass (eg Spiro Agnew on Supersonic flight), whilst others transpire to be very omniscient in their warnings for the future (concerns about the 'O' rings on the Space Shuttle 6 months before Challenger exploded).
Well worth a read to look back at where we were, consider where we've come to, and where we might be going.
It is not only interesting and instructive to read about how technology has developed during the past century, but it also makes us evaluate how technology affects us and, to some extent, defines the way we think and do things today.
I particularly liked the idea of having several short articles (1 to 4 pages each) written by a large variety of people. This structure lets you read several articles in a row and pick up your reading after several days, without loosing the overall picture.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing a little more on how technology has developed through the eyes of both people who worked on it and people who lived the inmediate consecuences of it. I think it is a excellent source for analysis for people in the area of Philosophy of Science.