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
     
 

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

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421401539
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2011
Series:
Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology Series
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
420,770
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
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Technologies of the Court, 1450-16001
2Techniques of Commerce, 1588-174033
3Geographies of Industry, 1740-185159
4Instruments of Empire, 1840-191497
5Science and Systems, 1870-1930128
6Materials of Modernism, 1900-1950158
7The Means of Destruction, 1936-1990190
8Toward Global Culture, 1970-2001225
9The Question of Technology260
Notes277
Notes on Sources303
Index313

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