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- DescriptionRanging from broad inquiries into the roles of ecomics and sociology in the explanation of techlgical change to an argument for the possibility of uninventing nuclear weapons, this selection of Donald MacKenzie's essays provides an introduction to the style and the substance of the sociology of techlogy. The essays are tied together by their exploration of connections (primarily among techlogy, society and kwledge) and by their general focus on modern high techlogy. They also share an emphasis on the complexity of techlogical formation and fixation and on the role of belief (especially self-validating belief) in techlogical change. Two of the articles won major prizes on their original journal publication, and all but one date from 1991 or later. A substantial new introduction outlines the common themes underlying this body of work and places it in the context of recent debates in techlogy studies. Two conceptual essays are followed by seven empirical essays focusing on the laser gyroscopes that are central to modern aricraft navigation techlogy, supercomputers (with a particular emphasis on their use in the design of nuclear weapons), the application of mathematical proof in the design of computer systems, computer-related accidental deaths, and the nature of the kwledge that is needed to design a nuclear bomb.
- Author(s)Donald MacKenzie
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication19/02/1996
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleInside Technology
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Out-of-print date17/09/2007
- Content Note17
- Weight658 g
- Width157 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
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