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A culture of improvement : technology and the Western millennium

Author: Robert D Friedel
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The most comprehensive attempt to tell the story of Western technology in many years, engagingly written and lavishly illustrated, 'A Culture of Improvement' documents the ways in which the drive for improvement has shaped our modern world.
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Friedel, Robert D. (Robert Douglas), 1950-
Culture of improvement.
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2006050722
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Friedel
ISBN: 1282098640 9781282098640 9780262273237 0262273233
OCLC Number: 191935478
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Awards: Winner of Finalist, 2008 Henry Paolucci / Walter Bagehot Book Award given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute 2008
Description: 1 online resource (x, 588 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Technology and improvement --
Plows and horses --
Power --
Buildings for God and man --
Transforming matter --
Light and time --
Types of change --
Earth, fire, water, and air --
Improving knowledge --
Improvers and engineers --
Raising fire --
Fabrics of change --
Artisans, philosophes, and entrepreneurs --
Airs and lightning --
Mobility --
Messages --
Engineering emerges --
Stuff, reality, and dreams --
The improvement of violence --
Learning --
Dynamics --
Land and life --
Scale --
The corruption of improvement --
Networks --
Improvement's end.
Responsibility: Robert Friedel.

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Why does technology change over time, how does it change, and what difference does it make? This title shows how technological change in the West has been driven by the pursuit of improvement. It  Read more...

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