Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past
Erik van der Vleuten, Ruth Oldenziel, Mila Davids
A Social History of Technology
Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past
€ 18,95
ISBN:
9789462985407
Release date:
20-03-2017
Available:
Directly
Edition:
Paperback
Pages:
212
Author:
Erik van der Vleuten, Ruth Oldenziel, Mila Davids
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Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past
The world is in turmoil: we are witnessing steep social and environmental challenges. Technology is identified as both cause of and solution to these challenges. How can we use technology to solve problems - without creating new ones? Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past discusses the role of engineering in our age of grand challenges - by drawing lessons from the past. Since the birth of modern engineering roughly two centuries ago, technology has helped to reshape our modern world. At the same time, social challenges have shaped engineering science and practice. This book examines why and how engineers have engaged in solving social challenges -challenges for society, for business, and for users. It also asks why some technological solutions have unexpectedly created new problems. And it studies how engineers have coped with technology's puzzling ability to both help and harm.