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Drawing on such disparate fields as history, economics, risk analysis, management science, sociology, and psychology, science writer Robert Pool examines how society shapes technology, illuminating the complex, often fascinating interplay between machines and society.
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"Robert Pool brings the whole pageant of technology to life -- with all its triumphs, humanness, heartaches, and accidents of history. A great read." -- Citibank Professor at the Sante Fe Institute
"It's a truism that technology has driven modern history. In this wise, insightful book, Robert Pool explores the deeper truth that history shapes technology." -- Author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb
"In Beyond Engineering, Robert Pool [offers] a crystal clear narrative about the recent history of large-scale technology. He demonstrates persuasively that technology shapes our lives in complex ways, deserving as much thought and watchful skepticism as political affairs demand. His may be the best book available for the general reader engaging our human-built world." -- Mellon Professor Emeritus, The University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A less modest and more accurate subtitle of this superb book would read: A New, Lively, Absorbing, and Deeply Instructive Way of Thinking about Modern Technology. For anyone at all interested in understanding the complex and puzzling ways in which major new technologies came to be and ended up as they have, [Beyond Engineering] is not to be missed." -- University Professor Emeritus, Columbia Universityi
"Story telling is a fine art, and Robert Pool is a master. From a squash court under the stadium at the University of Chicago, to the flight deck of a modern aircraft carrier, Beyond Engineering treats the reader to 101 tales about the creation and use of modern technologies. Like all great story tellers, Pool weaves his entertaining narrative into an exploratin of some deply serious questions. To what extent is technical knowledge objective, to what extent sociall constructed? How much does the broad course of technical progress depend upon small, perhaps even random, events? Is it possible to contruct organizations that can safely manage large, complex systems? In clear, simple language, Pool illuminates such critical questins in a way that should bring insight to non-technical and to many technical readers." -- Professor, Head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University