A Book For Every Engineer

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.

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His other books include (as I found):

American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm 1870-1970

Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930

The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology

intersting guy...

Posted by Umang Kumar on June 09, 2005 at 04:39 AM PDT #

Yes, it is good to look at these historical cases and learn lessons from them.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on June 09, 2005 at 07:18 AM PDT #

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