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Surveying more than two millennia, this book presents the story of the people who designed and built aqueducts, cathedrals, clocks, machine tools, railroads, bridges, and airplanes. It examines their social origins, education, working methods, relationships with employers and governments, influences on management theory and practices, and many other topics. Throughout, the narrative focuses on particular engineers whose working lives illuminate the themes presented.
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The Authors: Rudi Volti is Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College and Director of the Science, Technology, and Society program of the Claremont Colleges. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University. His publications include Technology, Politics, and Society in China and Society and Technological Change. He has also written several articles on the social dimensions of technology and technological change.
John Rae was Professor of History at Harvey Mudd College. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. The recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Society for the History of Technology, his publications include The American Automobile, The Road and the Car in American Life, American Automobile Manufacturers, Climb to Greatness, and The American Automobile Industry.
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