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Overview

The rush of technology in the 20th century brought more advances than the 11th through 19th centuries combined. Automobiles and aircraft, television and radio, computers and global communications, medical imaging and the leap of humans beyond Earth's atmosphere — all these were born from the creative spark and labor of scientists and engineers.

How can we ensure that technology is humane and not inane? Can nations mount an effective defense without having to shoot? When computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence, what will it mean to be human? If you could "uninvent" one technology, which would you choose — and why? How can we prevent ourselves from drowning in high-tech waste? Why should engineers take the long view?

These questions and many others are explored in Engineering Tomorrow: Today's Technology Experts Envision the Next Century by 50 world-renowned experts in all disciplines of science and technology.

Nobel laureates Arno Penzias and Charles H. Townes, Internet co-inventor Vinton G. Cerf, environmentalist Stewart Brand, physicist Freeman J. Dyson, record-holding oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle, arms experts Norman R. Augustine and Richard L. Garwin, and microchip pioneers Jack S. Kilby and Gordon E. Moore are among the 50 featured scientists and engineers who envision technology's potential for the 21st century — as well as the social responsibility borne by all who are engineering today and planning for tomorrow.

"...over 50 experts in all disciplines of computing and electrical engineering discuss what the technologies of the next century will bring...illustrated with more than 150 full color photos and drawings."

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Library Journal
"How will the next century change us?" is commonly asked as the 20th century comes to a close. Engineering Tomorrow not only explores the answers to this question but also asks: "How will we change the next century?" Bell, former editor of Scientific American and Omni, and Dooling, principal writer, Science@NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, mix a history of recent technological advances with an analysis of where engineering seems to be headed. Sidebars containing insights from 50 of today's leading technology experts including Nobel laureates, inventors, and engineering fellows are interspersed in the narrative. Many of these experts raise ethical and societal concerns dealing with how these advances will be used. Myriad technologies are reviewed including electric vehicles, artificial organs, space exploration, and the Internet. An entire chapter is dedicated to our responsibility to the environment. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.--William Baer, Harold B. Lee Lib., Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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An inviting and thought-provoking exploration for high school and up. Fifty world-renowned experts in all disciplines of science and technology envision technology's potential for the 21st century, discuss the social responsibility borne by all scientists and engineers, and explore questions surrounding appropriate technology, defense, and high-tech waste. They describe significant developments that will underlie many 21st-century advances, and explore technologies that will directly affect individuals and society. Includes color photos and illustrations. The editor is dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780353626
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/20/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Threshold of the New Millennium.

TECHNOLOGIES FOR SOCIETY'S INFRASTRUCTURE.

Structures and Devices.

Systems and Management.

Computers and Software.

HUMAN APPLICATION TECHNOLOGIES.

Communications.

Entertainment.

Medicine and Biology.

Transportation.

Exploration.

ENGINEERING OUR PRIORITIES.

The Environment.

War and Peace.

Preparing Engineers for Tomorrow.

Appendix: The Fifty Technology Experts.

About the Authors.

About the Editor.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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