The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla (Cambridge University Press ) pp. viii , $, ISBN 0 I Pbk. The Evolution of Technology has ratings and 8 reviews. Richard said: Humans are the most sophisticated toolmakers in the family of life. We’ve gone f. The Evolution of Technology (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science) [ George Basalla] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Presents an.
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It challenges the popular notion that technology advances by the efforts of a few heroic individuals who Basalla’s most concerned with dispelling the—fallacious, in his view—idea that technological development occurs in a series of discontinuous revolutions initiated by individual “genius” inventors.
This is not true for artificial selection as practiced by animal and plant breeders. This is not a coincidence.
Given our tfchnology in studying a “lineage” of technical artifacts, I was wary of using the “evolution” metaphor because of the underlying idea of progress that I did not want to imply. Famous inventions were never original, unique, unprecedented acts of pure magic that fell out of the sky, like acts of God. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This yields a perfect segue into the next two chapters, which are all about basal,a.
Evolution of spark catchers for train locomotive smokestacks Novelty This chapter aimed at understanding how to account for differences and diversity in technological artifacts.
The myth of the heroic inventor is just years old. This intoxicant was conjured by notorious buffoons years ago, and its side effects include disorientation, anxiety, and uncontrollable self-destructive impulses. Scholars were debating this issue, and Basalla had an urge to jump into the ring, molest the illusions of his inferiors, and set the record straight.
Of the two books I’m reading for this class the other is Introduction to the Philosophy of Scienceby Robert KleeI liked this one better.
The loss or concealment of crucial antecedents: Aug 10, Sherwin added it Recommends it for: So many history books focus on discussing their subject matter as a series of chronological events, however, so books that flout this convention always feel the need to warn us. The industrial civilizations of Europe and America have extensively used wheels in their artifacts.
Cambridge University Press Amazon. A state of the art stone hammer might be no different from a hammer usedyears earlier. His second task was to explain the various ways in which our dance with artifacts has evolved, and this consumed most of the book.
By treading so carefully, Basalla avoids overreaching and weakening his argument. He explains the origins of the discontinuous argument with the following notions: A bizarre situation thus developed in which the heroic inventors of one country were scarcely acknowledged in another land” The patent system: I was drawn to this book thanks to several discussion threads.
It is a well-written examination of the scientific and technical development history of the human kind. Our cultural myths celebrate the wheel as a super-sacred icon. Selected pages Title Page. It is important to understand that for almost the entire hominid journey, our ancestors enjoyed a relatively sustainable way of life, and that this era corresponds exactly with the long, long era when technological evolution was essentially in a coma.
Unfortunately, our system of education is writhing in a bad trip after inhaling the loony fumes of the myth of progress. Europe was a chaotic and unstable collection of competing nations. We cultivate technology to meet our perceived needs, not a set of universal ones legislated by nature Readers are taken on an illuminating journey to realms that our industrial society has erased from the maps and forgotten.
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In this volume, the authors describes his theory of technological change based on the history of technology, economic history and anthropology. Gma rated it it was amazing Mar 30, The first is diversity: Marc rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Therefore, the book’s argument is shaped by analogies drawn selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and not from the theory and practice of political revolution.
Although the book is not intended badalla provide a strict chronological account of the development of technology, historical examples – including many of the major achievements of Western technology: Rajesh rated it did not like it Mar 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He just mentions how closed the Muslims against the sc It is a well-written examination of the scientific and technical development history of the human kind. The book just seemed to be unusually objective, as if it had a good cleansing soak in a potent mythocide.
Help yourself, and share. He does tend to focus on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century innovations, including the steam engine and the automobile, probably because of the plethora of economic and historical data available for these inventions and the people involved in their production.
The first two chapters are introductory, establishing the topic and the terms in which Basalla will discuss the evolution of technology. To the mainstream mind, these messages constitute shocking, obscene heresies. Technological evolution follows a similar curve.
G.Basalla: The Evolution of Technology
Humans no longer sit in the pilot seat of our global civilization. If we eliminated electricity, this way of life would disintegrate before our eyes, causing many to perish.
Evolytion felt like he was a shaman conveying vital messages from the realm of the ancestors, whilst being cleverly disguised as a evolutoon professor. Zeynel rated it really liked it Jun 30, However, he also discusses the ill-fated attempt to develop commercial supersonic transport and the propaganda-saturated era of nuclear power.
History does not record any widespread, cataclysmic extinctions of entire classes of artifacts, although something similar might occur on a local level in remote communities or on isolated islands”. Contents Diversity Necessity and Evolution.