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by Ruth Schwartz Cowan

eBook A Social History of American Technology epub
  • ISBN: 0195046056
  • Author: Ruth Schwartz Cowan
  • Genre: Engineering
  • Subcategory: Engineering
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 30, 1997)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1673 kb
  • FB2 size 1431 kb
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A careful, effective overview of American technology. Ruth Cowan attempts to show how technology has developed since the colonial days through the present trends of biotechnology.

A careful, effective overview of American technology. The narrative is fluent and certainly appropriate for upper-division undergraduates. -Dan O'Bryan, Sierra Nevada College. A much-needed survey of industry and technology and their impact on American history. -Barbara M. Kelly, Hofstra University. This is a daunting task and it is pulled off as well as can be expected.

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Start by marking A Social History of American Technology as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Cowan makes use of the most recent scholarship to explain how the unique characteristics of American cultures and American geography have affected the technologies that have been invented, manufactured, and used throughout the years. She also focuses on the key individuals and ideas that have shaped important technological developments.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan was trained as a historian of science. from Barnard College, an . from the University of California at Berkeley, and a P. from Johns Hopkins University, under supervision of William Coleman.

by Ruth Schwartz Cowan. For over 250 years American technology has been regarded as a unique hallmark of American culture and an important factor in American prosperity

by Ruth Schwartz Cowan. For over 250 years American technology has been regarded as a unique hallmark of American culture and an important factor in American prosperity. Despite this American history has rarely been told from the perspective of the history of technology.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan tells the history of a nation as the technological sociology of the United States. Her organization is compelling. The book is conceived as a teaching tool. The chapter Colonial Artisans tells that American artisans understood that they had many things to gain and very little to lose from independence. Once inde-pendence came, once colonial artisans were freed from the shackles of mercantilist policy, the rate of American technological change accelerated

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Ruth Schwartz Cowan and Matthew H. Hersch demonstrate how technological change has always been closely related to social and economic development, and examine the important mutual relationships between social history and technological change

Ruth Schwartz Cowan and Matthew H. Hersch demonstrate how technological change has always been closely related to social and economic development, and examine the important mutual relationships between social history and technological change. They explain how the unique characteristics of American cultures and American geography have affected the technologies that have been invented, manufactured, and used throughout the years-and also the reverse: how those technologies have affected the daily lives, the unique cultures, and the environments of all Americans.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan is a historian of . medicine, technology and science currently working as a full professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MA from UC Berkeley and her P. from Johns Hopkins University. She was previously a professor in the history department at Stony Brook University. Like Cowan's previous book, A Social History progresses in chronological fashion, outlining major trends and transitions in the history is .

For over 250 years American technology has been regarded as a unique hallmark of American culture and an important factor in American prosperity. Despite this American history has rarely been told from the perspective of the history of technology. A Social History of American Technology fills this gap by surveying the history of American technology from the tools used by the earliest native inhabitants to the technological systems -- cars and computers, aircraft and antibiotics -- we are familiar with today. Cowan makes use of the most recent scholarship to explain how the unique characteristics of American cultures and American geography have affected the technologies that have been invented, manufactured, and used throughout the years. She also focuses on the key individuals and ideas that have shaped important technological developments. The text explains how various technologies have affected the ways in which Americans work, govern, cook, transport, communicate, maintain their health, and reproduce. Cowan demonstrates that technological change has always been closely related to social development, and explores the multiple, complex relationships that have existed between such diverse social agents as households and businesses, the scientific community and the defense establishment, artists and inventors. Divided into three sections -- colonial America, industrialization, the 20th century -- A Social History of American Technology is ideal for courses in American social and economic history, as a correlated text for the American history survey, as well as for courses that focus on the history of American technology. It offers students the unique opportunity to learn not only how profoundly technological change has affected the American way of life, but how profoundly the American way of life has affected technology.
Comments: (7)
Qwne
This book looked almost new and was just right for the use in school. You can't go wrong for the price
Contancia
not very amusing
Dikus
Ruth Cowan attempts to show how technology has developed since the colonial days through the present trends of biotechnology. This is a daunting task and it is pulled off as well as can be expected. There is a lot of information to be found here but a great deal more is missing. This book is still the best general overview on the history of technology and while more can be done this is a good start. If you want to understand how technology shaped our society you can't go wrong with this book.

The early chapters on the colonial economy are very well done and tightly analyzed. After that it starts to spread apart a little and the technology jumps around. The transportation revolution chapter is one of the more disappointing for me. While she does a decent job on the railroads she completely misses the significance of the canals on the early development in America. Her chapters on innovation and technological systems provide nice summaries of the relevant literature. Most of the chapters leading up to the twentieth century are filler that really don't address too many technological issues. The automobile chapter tries to do an amazingly quick history of cars and a lot gets left out in the process with even more wrong. The communications chapter does a better job of showing the evolution while looking at the technologies. The history of the military-academic-industrial complex provides an interesting look at how the Manhattan Project and NASA changed the way technology was developed. Cowan does a very good job on this particular topic and it is probably her best chapter in the later part of the book. The final chapter is on biotechnology and covers genetic corn, birth control and penicillin. These advancements while important are not really given justice.
Monn
Very broad overview of American technology starting with the beginning of the United States all the way through fairly current biotechnology. There are a few good stories in here and the second half is by far the best. I really liked the sections on the railroad, the automobile, radio communication, penicillin, and the section on the birth control pill was by far the best. Is it true that doctors and researchers weren't allowed to talk about birth control till past the early 1950's in the United States? Here's an interesting quote...
"In short, by 1880 if by some weird accident all the batteries that generated electricity for telegraph lines had suddenly run out, the economic and social life of the nation would have faltered. Trains would have stopped running; businesses with branch offices would have stopped functioning; newspapers could have not covered distant events; the president could not have communicated with his European ambassadors; the stock market would have to close; family members separated by long distances could have not relayed important news to each other. By the turn of the century, the telegraph system was both literally and figuratively a network, linking together various aspects of national life- making people increasingly dependent on one another."
Y2K, ay?
Envias
Fantastic read! I think really differently about technology -- and history -- as a result.
greatest
Unlike normal event-name-date-place-next event history books, this one is written to be read. It draws the reader into the story of the social and cultural interaction with the development of technology. It is a great read for anyone interested in how we got to where we are.
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It's a hum-drum historical narration burying the creative impulse. The author says things that are neither here nor there, that are non-committal and lacking opinion and character. Competing ideas are portrayed but a debate of those ideas is not evoked and blandness sets in. Facts presented are inconsequential; they are not argumentatively related to a meaningful structure. They are not given a constructive home. Hence, meaning is somewhat missing, as meaning lives in the synapses. As the etymology suggests, things do not follow one another to build up a case or a vision; therefore a case does not follow. The book is uncritical, lacking curiosity for the criteria of judgement, and in need of a more sustained analysis. The inevitable result of uncritical writing is a boring and unstimulating outcome.
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