Friedel also reminds us that faith in improvement can sometimes have horrific consequences, as improved weaponry makes warfare ever more deadly and the drive for improving human beings can lead to eugenics and even genocide. The most comprehensive attempt to tell the story of Western technology in many years, engagingly written and lavishly illustrated, A Culture of Improvement documents the ways in which the drive for improvement has shaped our modern world.
What friedel calls the "culture of improvement" is manifested every day in the ways people carry out their tasks in life—from tilling fields and raising children to waging war. Improvements can be ephemeral or lasting, and one person's improvement may not always be viewed as such by others. How technological change in the west has been driven by the pursuit of improvement: a history of technology, from plows and printing presses to penicillin, the atomic bomb, and the computer.
A Culture of Improvement: Technology and the Western Millennium The MIT Press #ad - Why does technology change over time, and what difference does it make? In this sweeping, how does it change, ambitious look at a thousand years of Western experience, Robert Friedel argues that technological change comes largely through the pursuit of improvement—the deep-rooted belief that things could be done in a better way.
. Familiar figures from the history of invention are joined by others—the Italian preacher who described the first eyeglasses, the dairywomen displaced from their control over cheesemaking, and the little-known engineer who first suggested a grand tower to Gustav Eiffel.
Science and Technology in World History: An IntroductionJHUP #ad - Mcclellan and dorn identify two great scientific traditions: the useful sciences, patronized by the state from the dawn of civilization, and scientific theorizing, initiated by the ancient Greeks. From this comparative perspective, the authors explore the emergence of Europe and the United States as a scientific and technological power.
They find that scientific traditions took root in China, and Central and South America, as well as in a series of Near Eastern empires, India, during late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Tracing this relationship from the dawn of civilization through the twentieth century, James E. Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook may be the single most influential study of the historical relationship between science and technology ever published.
Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction #ad - Mcclellan iii and harold dorn argue that technology as "applied science" emerged relatively recently, as industry and governments began funding scientific research that would lead directly to new or improved technologies. The new edition reorganizes its treatment of greek science and significantly expands its coverage of industrial civilization and contemporary science and technology with new and revised chapters devoted to applied science, globalization, the sociology and economics of science, and the technological systems that underpin everyday life.
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern WorldW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Behemoth offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now. Freeman’s rich and ambitious Behemoth depicts a world in retreat that still looms large in the national imagination. More than an economic history, or a chronicle of architectural feats and labor movements.
Jennifer szalai, new york TimesIn an accessible and timely work of scholarship, celebrated historian Joshua B. He whisks readers from the early textile mills that powered the Industrial Revolution to the factory towns of New England to today’s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam.
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World #ad - Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change.
The Machine in America: A Social History of TechnologyJohns Hopkins University Press #ad - He describes the ways in which American industrial and agricultural technology began to take on a distinctive shape as it adapted and extended the technical base of the industrial revolution. From the medieval farm implements used by the first colonists to the invisible links of the Internet, the history of technology in America is a history of society as well.
In the second edition of the machine in america, Pursell brings this classic history up to date with a revised chapter on war technology and new discussions on information technology, globalization, and the environment. Arguing that "the tools and processes we use are a part of our lives, and social relationships―and how, in turn, " historian Carroll Pursell analyzes technology's impact on the lives of women and men, politics, on their work, not simply instruments of our purpose, people influence technological development.
The Machine in America: A Social History of Technology #ad - Pursell shows how both the idea of progress and the mechanical means to harness the forces of nature developed and changed as they were brought from the Old World to the New. He discusses the innovation of an american system of manufactures and the mechanization of agriculture; new systems of mining, and farming, lumbering, which helped conquer and define the West; and the technologies that shaped the rise of cities.
To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful DesignSt. Martin's Press #ad - Even the most elementary of principles upon which great bridges, jumbo jets, or super computers are built are alien concepts to many. Though ours is an age of high technology, the essence of what engineering is and what engineers do is not common knowledge. And while educators are currently wrestling with the problem of introducing technology into conventional academic curricula, thus better preparing today’s students for life in a world increasingly technological, there is as yet no consensus as to how technological literacy can best be achieved.
Indeed, this book is my answer to the questions 'What is engineering?' and 'What do engineers do?'" - Henry Petroski, To Engineer is Human. Thus i hope that the technologically uninitiated will come to read what I have written as an introduction to technology. I believe, and i argue in this essay, that the ideas of engineering are in fact in our bones and part of our human nature and experience.
To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design #ad - Furthermore, i believe that an understanding and an appreciation of engineers and engineering can be gotten without an engineering or technical education. This is so in part because engineering as a human endeavor is not yet integrated into our culture and intellectual tradition.
Building Virtual Machine Labs: A Hands-On Guide#ad - Both it and security professionals need practice environments to better hone their craft. Learn how to build and maintain your own with Building Flexible Virtual Machine Labs. The sheer number of choices and requirements can be a daunting challenge to face for beginners and veterans alike. With this book, you'll learn how to build robust, customizable virtual environments suitable for both a personal home lab, as well as a dedicated office training environment.
You will learn how to:- understand the mechanics of virtualization and how they influence the design of your lab- build an extensive baseline lab environment on any one of five commonly used hypervisors VMware vSphere Hypervisor, segmentation and security of your lab network- Deploy Splunk as a log management solution for your lab- Reconfigure the provided baseline lab environment to better suit your individual needsEasy to follow steps and illustrations provide detailed, and network services to your virtual lab- Deploy either Snort or Suricata open-source IDS platforms in IPS mode to further enhance the flexibility, segmentation, VMware Fusion, Oracle Virtualbox, VMware Workstation, and Microsoft Client Hyper-V- Harden your lab environment against VM escapes and other security threats- Configure the pfSense firewall distribution to provide security, comprehensive guidance as you build your custom-tailored lab.
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The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhoneLittle, Brown and Company #ad - The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world. National bestsellershortlisted for the financial times business book of the year awardone of the best Business Books of 2016 - CNBC, 1-800-CEO-Read "The One Device is a tour de force, Bloomberg, with a fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight.
Ashlee vance, new york Times bestselling author of Elon Musk"A stunning book. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything. But before steve jobs introduced us to "the one device, " as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.
How did the iphone transform our world and turn apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation.
This deep dive takes you from inside one infinite loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories. It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets.
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone #ad - The one device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again. Dan lyons, new york times bestselling author of DisruptedOdds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach.
ITF+ CompTIA IT Fundamentals All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition Exam FC0-U61McGraw-Hill Education #ad - Written by comptia certification and training experts, this authoritative guide explains foundational computer technologies in full detail. Also includes a voucher coupon for a 10% discount on your comptia exams! covers all exam topics, including: • computer basics• system hardware• i/o ports and peripherals• data storage and sharing• PC setup and configuration• Understanding operating systems• Working with applications and files• Setting up and configuring a mobile device• Connecting to networks and the Internet• Handling local and online security threats• Computer maintenance and management• Troubleshooting and problem solving• Understanding databases• Software development and implementation Online content includes: • 130 practice exam questions in a customizable test engine• Link to over an hour of free video training from Mike Meyers.
You’ll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations throughout. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this definitive volume also serves as an essential on-the-job reference. This fully updated study guide delivers 100% coverage of every topic on the CompTIA ITF+ IT Fundamentals exam Take the CompTIA ITF+ IT Fundamentals exam with complete confidence using this bestselling and effective self-study system.
Technology and American Society: A HistoryRoutledge #ad - Technology and american society remains the ideal introduction to the myriad interactions of technological advancement with social, economic, cultural, and military change throughout the course of American history. With coverage devoted to both dramatic breakthroughs and incremental innovations, authors Gary Cross and Rick Szostak analyze the cause-and-effect relationship of technological change and its role in the constant drive for improvement and modernization.
Providing a global perspective on the development of American technology, Technology and American Society offers a historical narrative detailing major technological transformations over the last three centuries. This fully-updated 3rd edition extends coverage of industry, and services into the twenty-first century, home, office, agriculture, constructions, transport, concluding with a new chapter on recent electronic and technological advances.
Cybersecurity EssentialsSybex #ad - Overcoming these challenges requires a detailed understanding of the concepts and practices within each realm. Each part concludes with a summary of key concepts, and hands-on exercises, review questions, allowing you to test your understanding while exercising your new critical skills. This book provides the foundational information you need to understand the basics of the field, identify your place within it, and start down the security certification path.
Cybersecurity jobs range from basic configuration to advanced systems analysis and defense assessment. Learn security and surveillance fundamentals secure and protect remote access and devices Understand network topologies, protocols, and strategies Identify threats and mount an effective defense Cybersecurity Essentials gives you the building blocks for an entry level security certification and provides a foundation of cybersecurity knowledge.
Cybersecurity Essentials #ad - An accessible introduction to cybersecurity concepts and practices Cybersecurity Essentials provides a comprehensive introduction to the field, with expert coverage of essential topics required for entry-level cybersecurity certifications. An effective defense consists of four distinct challenges: securing the infrastructure, securing devices, securing local networks, and securing the perimeter.
This book covers each challenge individually for greater depth of information, with real-world scenarios that show what vulnerabilities look like in everyday computing scenarios.
The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-BeingOxford University Press #ad - Knowing one's own interests is no trivial matter. For the psychological dimensions of well-being, particularly our emotional lives, are far richer and more complex than we tend to realize. We may need, then, to rethink traditional assumptions about human nature, the good life, and the good society. As well, we tend to make a variety of systematic errors in the pursuit of happiness.
But what if people aren't very good at it? This and related questions are explored in this book, the first comprehensive philosophical treatment of happiness in the contemporary psychological sense. Thoroughly engaged with both philosophical and scientific work on happiness and well-being, social scientists, this book will be a definitive resource for philosophers, policymakers, and other students of human well-being.
The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being #ad - . The pursuit of happiness is a defining theme of the modern era. In these pages, and promoting, Dan Haybron argues that people are probably less effective at judging, their own welfare than common belief has it.