The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900

The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900

David Edgerton


From the books of H.G. Wells to the clicking releases of NASA, we're awash in clichéd claims approximately excessive technology's skill to alter the process heritage. Now, in The surprise of the Old, David Edgerton bargains a startling new and clean frame of mind in regards to the heritage of expertise, considerably revising our rules concerning the interplay of expertise and society some time past and within the current. He demanding situations us to view the historical past of expertise when it comes to what daily humans have truly used-and proceed to use-rather than simply refined innovations. certainly, many hugely touted applied sciences, from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet, were high priced disasters, whereas many mundane discoveries, like corrugated iron, develop into highly very important worldwide. Edgerton reassesses the importance of such acclaimed innovations because the tablet and data know-how, and underscores the continuing value of unheralded expertise, debunking many notions concerning the implications of the "information age." A provocative heritage, The surprise of the Old presents a wholly new means of having a look traditionally on the courting among invention and innovation.

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