Knowing Machines: Essays on Technical Change (Inside Technology)

Knowing Machines: Essays on Technical Change (Inside Technology)


Ranging from vast inquiries into the jobs of economics and sociology within the clarification of technological switch to an issue for the potential of "uninventing" nuclear guns, this option of Donald MacKenzie's essays offers an outstanding creation to the fashion and the substance of the sociology of technology.

The essays are tied jointly via their explorations of connections (primarily between expertise, society, and data) and by means of their normal specialize in glossy "high" know-how. additionally they proportion an emphasis at the complexity of technological formation and fixation and at the position of trust (especially self-validating trust) in technological change.

Two of the articles gained significant prizes on their unique magazine e-book, and all yet one date from 1991 or later. a considerable new advent outlines the typical subject matters underlying this physique of labor and areas it within the context of modern debates in know-how stories. conceptual essays are through seven empirical essays targeting the laser gyroscopes which are important to fashionable airplane navigation know-how, supercomputers (with a specific emphasis on their use within the layout of nuclear weapons), the appliance of mathematical evidence within the layout of desktops, computer-related unintentional deaths, and the character of the data that's had to layout a nuclear bomb.

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