Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present / Edition 2

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Overview

Historian Thomas J. Misa’s sweeping history of the relationship between technology and society over the past 500 years reveals how technological innovations have shaped—and have been shaped by—the cultures in which they arose. Spanning the preindustrial past, the age of scientific, political, and industrial revolutions, as well as the more recent eras of imperialism, modernism, and global security, this compelling work evaluates what Misa calls "the question of technology."

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

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

A fascinating, informative, and well-illustrated book.

Journal of Interdisciplinary History

His case studies, such as that of Italian futurism or the localizations of the global McDonalds, provide good starting points for thought and discussion.

Technology and Culture

Closely reasoned, reflective, and written with insight, grace, and wit, Misa's book takes us on a personal tour of technology and history, seeking to define and analyze paradigmatic techno-cultural eras.

History and Technology

This review cannot do justice to the precision and grace with which Misa analyzes technologies in their social contexts. He convincingly demonstrates the usefulness of his conceptual model.

Midwest Book Review

A powerful pick for any library interested in a scholarly yet lively survey of connections between science and culture.

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
Thomas J. Misa's Leonardo to the Internet is an engaging and worthy study of the interaction of technology and culture over the last 560 years...Misa's excellent study can contribute much to such critical circumspection regarding technology, human reason and choices, and the purposes and possibilities of human thriving and communal life.

— Bruce N. Lundberg

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies - Bruce N. Lundberg

An engaging and worthy study of the interaction of technology and culture over the last 560 years... Misa's excellent study can contribute much to such critical circumspection regarding technology, human reason and choices, and the purposes and possibilities of human thriving and communal life.

American Scholar

Follows [Thomas] Hughes's model of combining an engaging historical narrative with deeper lessons about technology.

Choice

A fascinating, informative, and well-illustrated book.

Industrial Archaeology

This is a short, well-researched, well-written study that makes understandable to a wide audience the close ties that have existed between industry and culture from the Renaissance to the present.

— Elizabeth Norris

American Scholar - Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Follows [Thomas] Hughes's model of combining an engaging historical narrative with deeper lessons about technology.

Industrial Archaeology - Elizabeth Norris

This is a short, well-researched, well-written study that makes understandable to a wide audience the close ties that have existed between industry and culture from the Renaissance to the present.

Journal of Interdisciplinary History - Pamela O. Long

His case studies, such as that of Italian futurism or the localizations of the global McDonalds, provide good starting points for thought and discussion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421401539
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 174,029
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Misa is director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. His books include Managing Technology in Society; Modernity and Technology; Urban Machinery, Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing; and the award-winning A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865–1925, the last also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Technologies of the Court, 1450-1600 1
2 Techniques of Commerce, 1588-1740 33
3 Geographies of Industry, 1740-1851 59
4 Instruments of Empire, 1840-1914 97
5 Science and Systems, 1870-1930 128
6 Materials of Modernism, 1900-1950 158
7 The Means of Destruction, 1936-1990 190
8 Toward Global Culture, 1970-2001 225
9 The Question of Technology 260
Notes 277
Notes on Sources 303
Index 313
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