The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla (Cambridge University Press ) pp. viii , $, ISBN 0 I Pbk. The Evolution of Technology has ratings and 8 reviews. Richard said: Humans are the most sophisticated toolmakers in the family of life. We’ve gone f. The Evolution of Technology (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science) [ George Basalla] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Presents an.

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To ask other readers questions about The Evolution of Technologyplease sign up. The first is diversity: Instead, it was evolutionary! Selected pages Title Page. It’s definitely an historical account, but I think there’s more philosophy in here than Basalla admits.

This is a briliant survey on the evolution of technological novelties, narrated inside the paradigm of classical “Mullerian” theories of cultural evolution. All of the aspects were clearly examined and after each chapter, Basalla states a little summary of that chapter and shows his implications.

This intoxicant was conjured by notorious buffoons years ago, and its side evolutionn include disorientation, anxiety, and uncontrollable self-destructive impulses.

Mar 25, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. This book presents an evolutionary theory of technological change based upon recent scholarship in the history of technology and upon relevant material drawn from economic history and anthropology. He just mentions how closed the Muslims against the scientific progress, just by mentioning a hadith of the Prophet Muhammed as there are lots of other hadiths that encourage people to learn new things. The whole book is driven by a strong theoretical perspective: These communities stay in balance with their land, and are content.


G.Basalla: The Evolution of Technology

George BasallaOwen Hannaway. Evolution of spark catchers for train locomotive smokestacks.

They have no need for it, and experimenting with it could permanently destroy them. Challenges the popular notion that technological advances arise from the efforts of a few heroic individuals who produce Basalla makes a convincing case for why novelty emerged as a very individualist, Western concept while China and the Middle East did not evoltuion novelty as the mother of invention.

Apprentices worked hard to imitate the work of their elders, and their success earned respect. His second task was to explain the various ways in which our dance with artifacts has evolved, and this consumed most of the book. And the third theme is technological evolution: They do not suffer from a persistent itch for more and more. Unfortunately, our system of education is writhing in a bad trip after inhaling the loony fumes of the myth of progress.

The Evolution of Technology by George Basalla

It was not nimble, fast-paced, ecolution highly competitive, like Europe. However, there is something itches my mind: There is no shortage of better ideas.

I taught this book to engineering students doing a history course at the University of Toronto in and Why did they occur in specific regions? Economic and Military Factors. A state of the art stone hammer might be no different from a hammer usedyears earlier.


Contents Diversity Necessity and Evolution. But the messages contain the medicine we need to blow the locks off our minds, so we can escape, go home, and heal. Therefore, the book’s argument is shaped by analogies taken selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and not from the theory and practice of political revolution.

One of the most thought provoking books I’ve ever read Once again, the steam engine and the automobile feature heavily in the examples he invokes. Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation James M.

In another chapter, he highlights how ” human intervention can guide the variations toward a new artifact ” and described the notion of skeuomorphs: Variant artifacts do not arise from the chance recombination of certain crucial constituent parts but are the result of a conscious process in which human taste and judgment are exercised in the pursuit of some biological, technological, psychological, social, economical, or cultural goal.