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 heritage. Now, in The surprise of the Old, David Edgerton bargains a startling new and clean state of mind in regards to the historical past of know-how, notably revising our rules concerning the interplay of expertise and society long ago and within the current. He demanding situations us to view the heritage of know-how by way of what daily humans have really used-and proceed to use-rather than simply subtle innovations. certainly, many hugely touted applied sciences, from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet, were expensive mess ups, whereas many mundane discoveries, like corrugated iron, develop into highly vital all over the world. Edgerton reassesses the importance of such acclaimed innovations because the tablet and data know-how, and underscores the continuing significance of unheralded expertise, debunking many notions concerning the implications of the "information age." A provocative historical past, The surprise of the Old presents a completely new method of taking a look traditionally on the dating among invention and innovation.

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