Though faced with a shortage of biographical material on engineers, Rae (history, Harvey Mudd College) and Volti (sociology, Pitzer College, Claremont, California) examine the social origins, education, relationships with employers and patrons, and their reputation in their communities and societies. They maintain a chronological order from antiquity to the end of the Industrial Revolution, then focus on various themes. Rae had died before the first edition appeared; no date is noted for that.
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|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||Worcester Polytechnic Institute Studies in Science, Technology, and Culture|
About the Author
Rudi Volti is Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and a member of the Science, Technology, and Society faculty of the Claremont Colleges. His publications include Technology, Politics, and Society in China; Society and Technological Change; and The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Society, as well as numerous articles on the social dimensions of technology and technological change.