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Inventing Accuracy : A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance - Donald MacKenzie

Inventing Accuracy

A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance

Paperback Published: 29th January 1993
ISBN: 9780262631471
Number Of Pages: 480
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Winner of the 1993 Ludwik Fleck Prize presented by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Donald MacKenzie follows one line of technology - strategic ballistic missile guidance through a succession of weapons systems to reveal the workings of a world that is neither awesome nor unstoppable. He uncovers the parameters, the pressures, and the politics that make up the complex social construction of an equally complex technology. Donald MacKenzie is Reader in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.

This is a great piece of sociology and a great book.... gripping, superbly researched, fair, sympathetic, and ultimately, hopeful. -- Steven Shapin * American Journal of Sociology * Inventing Accuracy is a brilliant achievement that will, if we are fortunate, change widespread misunderstandings about technological innovation. The strength of this book lies not only in its extremely clear and nuanced theoretical statements, but also in its rich historical narrative. This book should be of great interest to a diverse audience. It also provides a creative, if extremely demanding, model for future scholarship on technology and national security. -- Lynn Eden * Survival *

ISBN: 9780262631471
ISBN-10: 0262631474
Series: Inside Technology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 29th January 1993
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.7  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.64