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

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

by Thomas J. Misa
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1421401533

ISBN-13: 9781421401539

Pub. Date: 06/30/2011

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421401539
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2011
Series:
Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
261,411
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxi

1 Technologies of the Court, 1450-1600 1

2 Techniques of Commerce, 1588-1740 33

3 Geographies of Industry, 1740-1851 59

4 Instrument's 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 Paths to Insecurity, 2001-2010 260

10 The Question of Technology 299

Notes 321

Notes on Sources 355

Index 365

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