Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change

Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change

by Rosalind Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262232235

ISBN-13: 9780262232234

Pub. Date: 08/21/2002

Publisher: MIT Press

When Warren Kendall Lewis left Spring Garden Farm in Delaware in 1901 to enter MIT, he had no idea that he was becoming part of a profession that would bring untold good to his country but would also contribute to the death of his family's farm. In this book written a century later, Professor Lewis's granddaughter, a cultural historian who has served in the…  See more details below

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When Warren Kendall Lewis left Spring Garden Farm in Delaware in 1901 to enter MIT, he had no idea that he was becoming part of a profession that would bring untold good to his country but would also contribute to the death of his family's farm. In this book written a century later, Professor Lewis's granddaughter, a cultural historian who has served in the administration of MIT, uses her grandfather's and her own experience to make sense of the rapidly changing role of technology in contemporary life.

Rosalind Williams served as Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education at MIT from 1995 through 2000. From this vantage point, she watched a wave of changes, some planned and some unexpected, transform many aspects of social and working life--from how students are taught to how research and accounting are done--at this major site of technological innovation. In Retooling, she uses this local knowledge to draw more general insights into contemporary society's obsession with technology.

Today technology-driven change defines human desires, anxieties, memories, imagination, and experiences of time and space in unprecedented ways. But technology, and specifically information technology, does not simply influence culture and society; it is itself inherently cultural and social. If there is to be any reconciliation between technological change and community, Williams argues, it will come from connecting technological and social innovation--a connection demonstrated in the history that unfolds in this absorbing book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262232234
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/21/2002
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Living in a Technological World1
2The Expansive Disintegration of Engineering29
3Technology and Business91
4Technology and Community145
5Men and Women in a Technological World197
6Coda: Living in a Historical World215
Notes225
Index249

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