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 click releases of NASA, we're awash in clichéd claims approximately excessive technology's skill to alter the process historical past. Now, in The surprise of the Old, David Edgerton bargains a startling new and clean frame of mind concerning the historical past of know-how, considerably revising our rules in regards to the interplay of know-how and society long ago and within the current. He demanding situations us to view the historical past of expertise when it comes to what daily humans have really 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 expensive disasters, whereas many mundane discoveries, like corrugated iron, turn into highly very important world wide. Edgerton reassesses the importance of such acclaimed innovations because the capsule and knowledge expertise, and underscores the ongoing significance of unheralded know-how, debunking many notions concerning the implications of the "information age." A provocative historical past, The surprise of the Old offers a wholly new manner of having a look traditionally on the courting among invention and innovation.

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