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Leonardo to the Internet: Technology & Culture from the Renaissance to the Present Paperback – May 16 2011

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Product details

  • Item Weight : 567 g
  • ISBN-10 : 1421401533
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1421401539
  • Paperback : 378 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.44 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : Johns Hopkins Univ Pr (May 16 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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"A fascinating, informative, and well-illustrated book."

--Choice

"A powerful pick for any library interested in a scholarly yet lively survey of connections between science and culture."

--Midwest Book Review

"An engaging and worthy study of the interaction of technology and culture over the last 560 years... Misa's excellent study can contribute much to such critical circumspection regarding technology, human reason and choices, and the purposes and possibilities of human thriving and communal life."

--Bruce N. Lundberg "Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies "

"Closely reasoned, reflective, and written with insight, grace, and wit, Misa's book takes us on a personal tour of technology and history, seeking to define and analyze paradigmatic techno-cultural eras."

--Technology and Culture

"Follows [Thomas] Hughes's model of combining an engaging historical narrative with deeper lessons about technology."

--American Scholar

"His case studies, such as that of Italian futurism or the localizations of the global McDonalds, provide good starting points for thought and discussion."

--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This review cannot do justice to the precision and grace with which Misa analyzes technologies in their social contexts. He convincingly demonstrates the usefulness of his conceptual model."

--History and Technology

About the Author

Thomas J. Misa is director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. His books include Managing Technology in Society; Modernity and Technology; Urban Machinery, Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing; and the award-winning A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865–1925, the last also published by Johns Hopkins.