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Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology

Robert Pool


We have long recognized technology as a driving force behind much historical and cultural change. The invention of the printing press initiated the Reformation. The development of the compass ushered in the Age of Exploration and the discovery of the New World. The cotton gin created the conditions that led to the Civil War. Now, in Beyond Engineering, science writer Robert Pool turns the question around to examine how society shapes technology. Drawing on such disparate fields as history, economics, risk analysis, management science, sociology, and psychology, Pool illuminates the complex, of ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195107722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195107722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Pool, author