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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB provides a unique perspective on the twentieth century through a lively collection of writings about the unexpected and paradoxical ways in which technology has changed our lives - and will affect our future. This provocative treasury highlights the views of such prominent figures as Henry Ford, H.G. Wells, Rachel Carson, Margaret Sanger, Aldous Huxley, John Glenn, Gordon E. Moore, Thorstein Veblen, David McCullough, Billy Mitchell, Robert Caro, Charles Lindbergh, James Agee, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Isaac Asimov and Joan Didion.
Richard Rhodes received the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB.
"Charms as well as chills in this vital collection." (New Scientist)
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"Technological wariness is an enduring disturbance, with roots in religion," writes popular-science interpreter Rhodes in his introduction to this welcome anthology of 20th-century scientific invention. "Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and giving it to humans carries the sense of it; so does the serpent persuading Eve to taste the knowledgeable apple, and the Jewish myth of the Golem, a Frankenstein's monster animated by incorporations of holy words." Gods and monsters abound in these pages, made up of excerpts from essays, reports, articles, and speeches by both inventors and their critics. Rhodes includes, for instance, a worried editorial from 1931 by the journalist Floyd Allport, who presciently noted the community-destroying effects of technological advances such as the private car and the telephone; he also reproduces any number of warnings from the likes of Aldous Huxley, Vannevar Bush, and Edward Abbey that humankind's scientific imagination far outstrips our moral capacity. Joining these jeremiads in Rhodes's pages are more optimistic assessments, including Intel Corporation founder Gordon Moore's famous formulation, from 1965, that "the complexity of integrated circuits has approximately doubled every year since their introduction," whereas "cost per function has decreased several thousand-fold"--which explains why personal computers, among other items, have become increasingly more powerful and yet less expensive. Anyone interested in the development of 20th-century science, applied or theoretical, will delight in Rhodes's collection. --Gregory McNameeFrom the Publisher:
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