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Knowing machines : essays on technical change

Author: Donald A MacKenzie
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998.
Series: Inside technology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st MIT Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Ranging from broad inquiries into the roles of economics and sociology in the explanation of technological change to an argument for the possibility of "uninventing" nuclear weapons, this text  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald A MacKenzie
ISBN: 0262631881 9780262631884 9780262133159 0262133156
OCLC Number: 40488453
Notes: Originally published: ©1996.
Description: viii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Marx and the machine; economic and sociological explanations of technological change; from the luminiferous ether to the Boeing; nuclear weapons laboratories and the development of supercomputing; the charismatic engineer (with Boelie Elzen); the fangs of the VIPER; negotiating arithmetic, constructing proof; computer-related accidental death; tacit knowledge and the uninvention of nuclear weapons (with Graham Spinardi).
Series Title: Inside technology.
Responsibility: Donald MacKenzie.

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