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Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present / Edition 1

Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present / Edition 1

by Thomas J. Misa
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Arising from curiosity about whether da Vinci was truly the "prophet of automation," this scholarly study goes beyond the specific technologies that drove the Industrial Revolution to trace the complex economic, social, and cultural dynamics that stimulated technological advances. Taking a middle ground in the debate over new technologies' benefits and their sociopolitical consequences, Misa also examines the interface between modern technology and aesthetics. Illustrations range from Renaissance architecture to a Dutch Internet cafe. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900801878090
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas J. Misa is director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. His books include Managing Technology in Society; Modernity and Technology; Urban Machinery, Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing; and the award-winning A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865–1925, the last also published by Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxi

1 Technologies of the Court, 1450-1600 1

2 Techniques of Commerce, 1588-1740 33

3 Geographies of Industry, 1740-1851 59

4 Instrument's of Empire, 1840-1914 97

5 Science and Systems, 1870-1930 128

6 Materials of Modernism, 1900-1950 158

7 The Means of Destruction, 1936-1990 190

8 Toward Global Culture, 1970-2001 225

9 Paths to Insecurity, 2001-2010 260

10 The Question of Technology 299

Notes 321

Notes on Sources 355

Index 365

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Merritt Roe Smith

[Leonardo to the Internet] is well written, accessible, and perceptive. It also has a comparative dimension that sets it apart from others of its genre. In my opinion, it is the first really good book on the theme of technology in western civilization since Kranzberg and Pursell published their pioneering two-volume work in 1967.

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