The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla (Cambridge University Press ) pp. viii , $, ISBN 0 I Pbk. The Evolution of Technology has ratings and 8 reviews. Richard said: Humans are the most sophisticated toolmakers in the family of life. We’ve gone f. The Evolution of Technology (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science) [ George Basalla] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Presents an.

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The Evolution of Technology

The second theme is necessity: Trivia About The Evolution of Onat Ekinci rated it really liked it Nov 07, It challenges basslla popular notion that technology advances by the efforts of a few heroic individuals who produce a series of revolutionary inventions owing little or nothing to This book presents technologu evolutionary theory of technological change based upon recent scholarship in the history of technology and upon relevant material drawn from economic history and anthropology.

Alex Claman rated it really liked it Jul 12, They have no need for it, and experimenting with it could permanently destroy them. Given our interest in studying a “lineage” of technical artifacts, I was wary of using the “evolution” metaphor because of the underlying idea of progress that I did not want to imply. At the same time as he reassures us that this is an historical account of how technology develops, he dispels any misapprehension that this will be a chronological look at technology from fire through Stone Age hammers all the way to the atomic bomb.


Diversity Necessity and Evolution. Published June 10th by Cambridge University Press first published Good example of sticking to a thesis. Three themes appear, and reappear with variations, throughout the study. The first is diversity: Steven rated it really liked it Sep 08, Apprentices worked hard to imitate the work of their elders, and their success earned respect.

The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla

His factors are similar, although in this case he pays more attention to involvement of the economy and the military. Overall, three quotes about the use of the evolutionary metaphor are important for thhe investigation of artifacts evolution:.

However, there is something itches my mind: Basalla claims that The Evolution of Technology is an historical look at technology, and not a philosophy of science textbook.

Selected pages Title Page. Harry rated it liked it Jul 03, It’s good philosophy though, interesting and well-argued.

This yields a perfect segue into the next two chapters, which are all about novelty. Novelty This chapter aimed at understanding how to account for differences and diversity in technological artifacts.


Utterback No preview available – To him, both are wrong and ” key artifacts such as the steam engine, the cotton gin, or the transistor, emerged in an evolutionary fashion from their antecedents “. Economic and Military Factors.

George BasallaOwen Hannaway. This is technolohy sound strategy, for it provides a common thread of investigation throughout the entire book and he includes enough examples from other eras, like xylography in ancient China, to avoid charges of hasty generalization. This is not a coincidence.

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So many history books focus on discussing their subject matter as a series of chronological events, however, so books that flout this convention always feel the need to warn us. If we eliminated electricity, this way of life would disintegrate before our eyes, causing evolhtion to perish. Social and Cultural Factors.