The history of techlogy is often troubled by good ideas that do t, for one reason or ather, take off right away--sometimes for millennia. Sometimes, techlogy comes to a standstill, and sometimes, it even reverses itself. Thus, unlike science, which seems to proceed at a reasonable and calm rate, the progress of techlogy is difficult to theorize about. While in science many developments are predictable to a certain extent and this predictability may, at times, direct or stymie science's progress--as with stem-cell research and cloning--techlogical advances, such as the Internet, are often sudden and unpredictable, and therefore frightening. In Theory of Techlogy, David Clarke brings together nine authors who try to understand techlogy from a variety of viewpoints. Rias van Wyk, in Techlogy, parses the concept into many angles, including its anatomy, taxomy, and evolution. Karol Pelc, in Kwledge Mapping, discusses tracking the evolution of the emerging discipline of techlogy management. Jon Beard, in Management of Techlogy, pursues a similar mapping endeavor, but looks to the patterns of the literature of techlogy management. Thomas Clarke, in Unique Features of an R&D Work Environment and Research Scientists and Engineers, takes the reader on a tour of how people of techlogy present unique challenges to t just management but whole organizations. Richard Howey, in Understanding Software Techlogy, places enterprise software into a meaningful pattern of techlogy management. Fred Foldvary and Daniel Klein, in The Half-Life of Policy Rationales, discuss how new techlogy affects old policy issues. John Cogan, in Some Philosophical Thoughts on the Nature of Techlogy, maintains that our Aristotelian search for the essence of techlogy is doomed. And Peter Bond, in The Biology of Techlogy, establishes a basis for the development of a socio-biological approach to understanding the phemena of techlogical society and technical change.
David Clarke, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University, has degrees in philosophy, architecture, management science, and urban design. His is the editor of Technology and Terrorism, published by Transaction, as well as the editor of the Transaction journal Knowledge, Technology, & Policy.