George Basalla. · Rating details · ratings · 8 reviews. This book presents an evolutionary theory of technological change based upon recent scholarship. George Basalla. George Basalla. + Follow Books By George Basalla [(The Evolution of Technology)] [Author: George Basalla] published on (March, ). George Basalla. Professor Emeritus of History. [email protected] · Department of History. John Munroe Hall; Newark, DE , USA; Phone:

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Mar 25, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. By treading so carefully, Basalla avoids overreaching and weakening his argument. Therefore, the book’s arguement is shaped by analogies taken selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and hasalla from the theory and practice of political revolution. If it’s the case that “revolutions” are more a product of historical analysis than actual fact, what criteria can we use feorge calling an artifact or invention “novel”, and what geoorge in society determine these criteria?


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Once again, the steam engine and the automobile feature heavily in the examples he invokes. The first two chapters are introductory, establishing the topic and the terms in which Basalla will discuss the evolution of technology.

Scholars were debating this issue, and Basalla had an urge to jump into the ring, molest the illusions of his inferiors, and set the record straight. Society had far less resistance to new artifacts.

The Evolution 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.

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. The Construction of Modern Science: But these fresh notions are a sure sign that clear thinking is beginning to seep into the stagnant halls of history departments, those dusty story museums where the dying Cult of Progress will make its last stand.

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Learn more at Author Central. The Evolution of Technology works because Basalla articulates his thesis so clearly and precisely that his entire argument is, if not convincing, at least admirable.

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