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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.
"An epic account of the struggle to humanize engineering education" Kirkus Reviews
"Easy to read and understand, William's work provides interesting insights on modern culture and our obsession with technology." John B. Napp Library Journal
"Rosalind Williams... has written a very personal, autobiographical book." Paul E. Ceruzzi Isis
"We have Williams to thank for a thoughtful, cogent, and historically well-informed analysis of the engineering profession." Karl Stephan IEEE
"Provides interesting insights on modern culture and our obsession with technology." John B. Napp Library Journal
|1||Living in a Technological World||1|
|2||The Expansive Disintegration of Engineering||29|
|3||Technology and Business||91|
|4||Technology and Community||145|
|5||Men and Women in a Technological World||197|
|6||Coda: Living in a Historical World||215|