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To him the technolgy is the following: Novelty This chapter aimed at understanding how to account for differences and diversity in technological artifacts. A workable theory of technological evolution requires there be no technological progress in the traditional sense of the term but accepts the possibility of limited progress toward a carefully selected goal within a restricted framework “.

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Mostly the recurring chat about circulation of design choices with my neighbor Basile, as well as an exchange of tweets with Antonio Casilli who recommended the book. The wheel was first used in Mesopotamia, about 5, years ago. Mar 25, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. It felt like he was a shaman conveying vital messages from the realm of the ancestors, whilst being cleverly disguised as a history professor.


This looks like taking the easy way out of it. He then describes evoolution sources: Alex Claman rated it really liked it Jul 12, Thee Basalla’s book called ” The Evolution of Technology ” Cambridge University Press, is another important resource for the game controller project. The loss or concealment of crucial antecedents: The Evolution of Technology works because Basalla articulates his thesis so clearly and precisely that his entire argument is, if not convincing, at least admirable.

The evolution of technology

Our cultural myths celebrate the wheel as a super-sacred icon. History of Science in General Philosophy of Science categorize this paper. For most of the hominid journey, our artifacts were little more than sticks and stones, and their evolution happened very slowly. The first two chapters are introductory, establishing the topic and the terms in which Basalla will discuss the evolution of technology.

technlogy The Rise of Modern Science: Therefore, the book’s argument is shaped by analogies drawn selectively from the theory of organic evolution, and not from the theory and practice of political revolution. A Journal of the History of Science Railroads and the American Scene by John R.

History is more than just a series of bxsalla happening in sequence. We cultivate technology to meet our perceived needs, not a set of universal ones legislated by nature The Evolution of Technology.

Basalla claims that The Evolution of Technology is an historical look at technology, and not a philosophy of science textbook.


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It’s definitely an historical account, but I think there’s more philosophy in here than Basalla admits. Given our interest in studying a “lineage” of technical artifacts, I was wary of using the “evolution” metaphor because of the underlying idea of progress that I did not want to imply. His factors are similar, although in this case he pays more attention to involvement of the economy and the military.

The Evolution of Technology

The Role of Intimacy in the Evolution of Technology. Basalla makes a convincing case for why novelty emerged as a very individualist, Western concept while China and the Middle East did not embrace novelty as the mother of invention. This is a sound strategy, for it provides a common thread of investigation throughout the entire book and he includes enough examples from other eras, like xylography in ancient China, to avoid charges of hasty generalization.