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Authority, Liberty, and Automatic Machinery in Early Modern Europe : Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology - Otto Mayr

Authority, Liberty, and Automatic Machinery in Early Modern Europe

Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology

By: Otto Mayr

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Published: 1st August 1989
For Ages: 22+ years old
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This book is an essay about the character of technology. It tries to argue two points: -Technology as a fundamental human activity is intimately related to all other human activities and thus is an integral, indispensable part of all human culture and is not, as one often hears, an alien, inhuman force unleashed upon mankind by some external agent. -The interactive relationship between technology and all the other manifestations of human life and culture can be proven, even interactions as intractable and elusive as that between the political, social, economic, or religious ideas dominant in a given society and contemporary preferences and designs of technological hardware.

Original and delightful... [Mayr's] persuasive and beautifully written book is reminiscent of Max Weber and The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. * American Historical Review *

ISBN: 9780801839399
ISBN-10: 0801839394
Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 1989
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41