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Science and technology in world history : an introduction
McClellan, James E., III (James Edward), 1946-
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Baltimore, Md. : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
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viii, 404 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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An introduction to the changing relationship between science and technology. The authors demonstrate that the tie between science and technology has not always been apparent, and that for much of human history, technology depended more upon the innovation of skilled artisans than it did on the speculation of scientists.

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This updated third edition of Science and Technology in World History--2nd ed. (CH, Nov'06, 44-1487); 1st ed. (CH, Dec'99, 37-2140)--begins with the baseline of a preeminent work in the field and expands not only the coverage of science and technology in history but also the philosophy that science and technology form the "undergirding" of modern civilization. Science historians McClellan (Stevens Institute of Technology) and Dorn (deceased 2011; formerly, emer., Stevens Institute) set out an ambitious program for covering their subject from prehistory to the modern world. Throughout the chapters on the ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern world, the authors are careful to differentiate between technology evolving independently from science (as was the case for most of history), and technology developing with the help of, and coincidentally with, science. In the process, the development of science and technology as social constructions throughout various time periods and in various cultures is thoughtfully considered, framing science in particular under the auspices of what the authors call the Babylonian, Hellenic, and Hellenistic models. In sum, the book provides an excellent overview of world science and technology for readers at any level. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All library collections. --Todd Timmons, University of Arkansas--Fort Smith