Technology In World Civilization

Author: Arnold Pacey
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262660723
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In this very different book, Arnold Pacey takes a global view, placing the development of technology squarely in a "world civilization."

Society And Technological Change

Author: Rudi Volti
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780716787327
Size: 70.16 MB
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Provides a comprehensive introduction to the interactions of society and technology. The new fifth edition includes coverage of such timely topics as cloning, stem-cell research, genetically modified foods, terrorism, intellectual property, and the global impact of the internet.

A Culture Of Improvement

Author: Robert Friedel
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
ISBN: 9780262514019
Size: 60.28 MB
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How technological change in the West has been driven by the pursuit of improvement: ahistory of technology, from plows and printing presses to penicillin, the atomic bomb, and thecomputer.

Leonardo To The Internet

Author: Thomas J. Misa
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421404788
Size: 60.18 MB
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"Misa brings his acclaimed text up to date by examining how today's unsustainable energy systems, insecure information networks, and vulnerable global shipping 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


Author: Reese Palley
Publisher: Quantuck Lane Press& the Mill rd
ISBN: 9781593720391
Size: 11.72 MB
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A historical account of our most versatile building material, beginning in ancient Egypt and ending on the moon.

The Code Economy

Author: Philip E. Auerswald
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190226773
Size: 33.89 MB
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What do Stone Age axes, Toll House cookies, and Burning Man have in common? They are all examples of code in action. What is "code"? Code is the DNA of human civilization as it has evolved from Neolithic simplicity to modern complexity. It is the "how" of progress. It is how ideas become things, how ingredients become cookies. It is how cities are created and how industries develop. In a sweeping narrative that takes readers from the invention of the alphabet to the advent of the Blockchain, Philip Auerswald argues that the advance of code is the key driver of human history. Over the span of centuries, each major stage in the advance of code has brought a shift in the structure of society that has challenged human beings to reinvent not only how we work but who we are. We are in another of those stages now. The Code Economy explains how the advance of code is once again fundamentally altering the nature of work and the human experience. Auerswald provides a timely investigation of value creation in the contemporary economy-and an indispensable guide to our economic future.

Trial Of A Thousand Years

Author: Charles Hill
Publisher: Hoover Press
ISBN: 0817913262
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“A Muslim has no nationality except his religious beliefs, ” said Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, a key figure in the world of political Islam who was executed by the secular regime in his homeland in 1966. For decades, the ideologues of pan-Islam have refused to accept the boundaries and the responsibilities of the order of states. In Trial of a Thousand Years, Charles Hill analyzes the long war of Islamism against the international state system. Hill places the Islamists in their proper historical place, showing that they are but the latest challenge to the requirements that states had placed on themselves since the international system was born in 1648. The author describes the many wars on world order over the modern centuries—the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, World Wars I and II, the cold war—and gives a unique historical perspective to the Islamic challenge of the twenty-first century in Iran, Afghanistan, and beyond. He concludes that America must not give up its values; neither should we retreat by declaring that we will practice them only at home or by telling ourselves that our values are no more worthy than any others selected at random from among the world’s many cultures. The first step, he says, is to recognize the problem and then try to develop ways to deal with the exploitation of asymmetries by the enemies of world order.