Most general histories of technology are Eurocentrist, focusing on a main line of Western technology that stretches from the Greeks is through the computer. In this very different book, Arnold Pacey takes a global view, placing the development of technology squarely in a "world civilization." He portrays the process as a complex dialectic by which inventions borrowed from one culture are adopted to suit another.
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"A brilliant book... [Pacey] presents numerous expertly told, but brief,historical examples - many involving non-Western history - that demonstrate the subtlety, richness, and ultimate technological importance of an authentic dialogue." James R. Hansen, Science Books & Films