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 rationalization of technological swap to an issue for the opportunity of "uninventing" nuclear guns, this feature of Donald MacKenzie's essays presents a superior creation to the fashion and the substance of the sociology of technology.

The essays are tied jointly via their explorations of connections (primarily between know-how, society, and data) and by means of their normal specialize in sleek "high" know-how. additionally they percentage 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 booklet, and all yet one date from 1991 or later. a considerable new creation outlines the typical topics underlying this physique of labor and areas it within the context of contemporary debates in know-how reviews. conceptual essays are by means of seven empirical essays concentrating on the laser gyroscopes which are primary to fashionable airplane navigation know-how, supercomputers (with a selected emphasis on their use within the layout of nuclear weapons), the appliance of mathematical evidence within the layout of computers, computer-related unintended deaths, and the character of the data that's had to layout a nuclear bomb.

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