Appropriate Technology: Tools, Choices and Implications (Academic Press Series in Engineering)

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The introduction of technology into developing communities around the world is closely tied to the everyday jobs of international aid workers, engineers, health professionals, social workers, and members of religious organizations. A majority of people involved with international development have a non-technical background. In addition, engineers have not been trained to consider societal implications of introducing new technologies into developing communities.
Appropriate Technology is written for both non-technical and technical students and professionals who are interested in or currently working in international and community development. The book presents a thorough coverage of the engineering design process as well as complete coverage of commonly used technological systems, processes, and devices. Of equal importance is the book's thorough coverage of the societal impact, political influence, and financial implications of introducing new systems and technologies. Appropriate Technology provides interesting and challenging end-of-chapter projects and problems for self study. It teaches the non-engineer the principles and process of design, and encourages readers to create and design appropriate technologies for various situations.

Key Features
* First book to present the fundamentals of the design of appropriate technologies with a strong emphasis on the social impact on the community
* Accessible to non-technical and technical professionals and students
* Thorough, understandable guide to the common technologies of solar, wind, and hydroelectric power
* Describes the use of specific tools such as bicycle-driven machines, pumps, and cook stoves, as well as processes such as aquaculture and agriculture
* Includes chapters such as Appropriate Technology in the Third World, Appropriate Technology in the United States, and a unique chapter, Culture and Women
* Challenges the reader with end-of-chapter projects and problems for self-study or classroom use
* Demonstrates the societal implications of technology
* Teaches principles of process of design
* Encourages readers to design appropriate technologies for different situations
* Includes interesting and challenging end-of-chapter projects and problems for self-study or for use in a classroom setting

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An increasing number of professionals, students, and volunteers throughout the world are working in a vast array of settings in developing communities. Appropriate Technology: Tools, Choices, and Implications gives both non-technical and technical international workers a thorough understanding of some of the most common and important technologies being introduced in small-scale community development. The book is written to help the reader create and design appropriate technological systems, processes, and devices for a variety of settings.

Of equal importance to the coverage of technologies in the book is the emphasis placed on the societal impact and implications of these new technologies.

Features
* First book to present the fundamentals of the design of appropriate technologies with a strong emphasis on the social impact on the community
* Accessible to non-technical and technical professionals and students
* Thorough, understandable guide to the common technologies of solar, wind, and hydroelectric power
* Describes the use of specific tools such as bicycle-driven machines, pumps, and cook stoves, as well as processes such as aquaculture and agriculture
* Includes chapters such as Appropriate Technology in the Third World, Appropriate Technology in the United States, and a unique chapter, Culture and Women
* Challenges the reader with end-of-chapter projects and problems for self-study or classroom use.

About the Author:

Barrett Hazeltine is a Professor of Engineering at Brown University and a registered professional engineer. He is a renowned educator, having received outstanding teaching awards from thirteen senior classes at Brown. In 1985, the award was named for him. Dr. Hazeltine has a wide array of international experience including teaching positions at the University of Zambia, University of Botswana, and Africa University in Zimbabwe. The development of this book came through a very successful engineering course for non-engineers in Appropriate Technology offered at Brown.

Christopher Bull is a Senior Research Engineer and Lecturer at Brown University, with a Sc. B. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering. His interests and experience include solar energy systems and devices, and the design and implementation of efficient cook stoves. In addition, he has taught various engineering courses at Brown including the Appropriate Technology course for non-engineers.

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