A Book For Every Engineer
By MortazaviBlog on Jun 09, 2005
The flight from Chicago to San Jose was 4 hours late, and I actually read more than half of Thomas P. Hughes' Human-Built World. This little book of 200 pages goes over our conceptions of "technology" and its interaction with culture (architecture and art, to be more specific) beginning in the 18th century and ending in the 21st. Hughes provides a sweeping review of major intellectual works and interpretations regarding the place and role of technology in society. It can be a real gem for the engineer interested in understanding how he or she fits into the larger social movements concerned with the man-made.