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Science and technology in world history : an introduction
McClellan, James E., III (James Edward), 1946-
Publication Information:
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 book was written as an introduction for lay readers and undergraduate students to provide the big picture' that an educated person might wish to have of the history of science and technology. It was not written for scholars or experts, and its character as a textbook is evident." McClellan and Dorn accomplish their goal in lively fashion to stretch the mind of a thoughtful reader; they offer few dicta and raise many questions to ponder. The volume starts with a survey of the paleolithic and neolithic periods of prehistory; human beings had technologies, if not science, even then. Importantly, in this reviewer's opinion, the authors show that convergence of technology and science is a relatively recent occurrence; many others think that they have always been as closely linked as they now are. McClellan and Dorn pay greatly deserved attention to the importance of agriculture, the hydraulic technologies that made possible the emergence of the earliest civilizations. Although they mention key items through the 1990s, the compactness of this survey will lead every specialist to consider his or her field slighted while still being able to learn something about lesser-studied subjects. Good bibliography and list of Web sites. Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students. M. Levinson; University of Washington