Celebrates the creativity of humanity by examining the history of technology as a strategy to solve real-world problems.
1. Introduction: thinking about technology;
2. Technology and our ancient ancestors;
3. Origins of civilizations;
4. The Eastern age;
5. The Mediterranean world to the Islamic Renaissance;
6. The European agrarian revolution and the proto-industrial revolution;
7. The Industrial Revolution and the rise of European power;
8. The Atlantic era I;
9. Domestic technology: bringing new technology to the people;
10. The second Industrial Revolution and globalization;
11. The digital age;
12. Conclusion: technological challenges; References; Index.
Andrew Ede is a historian of science and technology whose research focuses on the intersection of science and technology in the twentieth century. He is the Director and founder of the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Alberta. Professor Ede earned his doctorate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. With Lesley B. Cormack, he is the co-author of the best-selling A History of Science in Society (3rd edition, 2016). He is a member of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, the History of Science Society, and the Society for the History of Technology, and was the program coordinator for the Three Societies Meeting in 2016.