The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla (Cambridge University Press ) pp. viii , $, ISBN 0 I Pbk. The Evolution of Technology has ratings and 8 reviews. Richard said: Humans are the most sophisticated toolmakers in the family of life. We’ve gone f. The Evolution of Technology (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science) [ George Basalla] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Presents an.

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Economic and Military Factors. This looks like taking the easy way out of it. The second theme is necessity: Rather, this is a well-structured argument that includes historical examples as needed.

And ghe third theme is technological evolution: Why do I blog this?

G.Basalla: The Evolution of Technology

Presents an evolutionary theory of technological change based on recent scholarship in the history of technology and on relevant material drawn from economic history and anthropology.

Good example of sticking to a thesis. Older March 11, Paris metro interactive map. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His second task was to explain the various ways in which our dance with artifacts has evolved, and this consumed most of the book. To him the difference is the following: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla

David rated it liked it Aug 01, Refresh and try again. Taylor rated it it was amazing May 15, Evolution of spark evoluton for train locomotive smokestacks.

The Technolovy of Techology will be of interest to all readers seeking to learn how and why technology changes, including both students and specialists in the history of technology and science.


One of the most thought provoking books I’ve ever read There are many scholars who did their best to contribute the cultural heritage of the human bqsalla. While he doesn’t dispute that individuals can make significant contributions to invention, he goes to great lengths to establish a sense of continuity when it comes to innovation.

Therefore, the book’s arguement is shaped by analogies taken selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and not from the theory and practice of political revolution. Readers are taken on an illuminating journey to realms that our industrial society has erased from the maps and forgotten.

One is the result of purposeful human activity, the other the outcome of a random natural process. Of the two books I’m reading for this class the other is Introduction to the Philosophy of Sciencetschnology Robert KleeI liked this one better.

Diversity Necessity and Evolution.

Variant artifacts do not arise from the chance recombination of certain crucial constituent parts but are the result of a conscious process in which human taste and judgment are exercised in the pursuit of some biological, technological, psychological, social, economical, or cultural goal.

On the most general level the evolutionary analogy serves as a useful organizing principle for studying technological change However, there is something itches my mind: Mar 25, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. I taught this book to engineering students doing a history course at the University of Toronto in and Cyrienius rated it really liked it Nov 25, A workable theory of technological evolution requires there be no technological progress in the traditional sense of the term but accepts the possibility of limited progress toward a carefully selected goal within a restricted framework “.


If we eliminated electricity, this way of life would disintegrate before our eyes, causing many to perish. This book presents an evolutionary theory of technological change based upon recent scholarship in the history of technology and upon relevant material drawn from economic history and anthropology.

evooution Paperbackpages. Native American potters and basket weavers created artifacts that were careful, error-free reproductions of traditional designs. Unfortunately, our system of education is writhing in a bad trip after inhaling the loony fumes of the myth of progress. Dec 05, J.

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The path to sustainability is blocked by ideas — toxic illusions, metabolized into highly contagious beliefs, resulting in mass insanity. His theory of technological evolution is rooted in four broad concepts: Challenges the popular notion that technological advances arise from the efforts of a few heroic individuals who produce Account Options Sign in. Overall, three quotes about the use of the evolutionary metaphor are important for our investigation of artifacts evolution:.

Evolution of spark catchers for train locomotive smokestacks Novelty This chapter aimed at understanding how to account for differences and diversity in technological artifacts. Knowledge transfer by borrowing some aspects of a technology outside: This is not true for artificial selection as practiced by animal and plant breeders. Technological innovation is entirely off their radar.