This Book Presents An Evolutionary Theory Of Technological Change Based Upon Recent Scholarship In The History Of Technology And Upon Relevant Material Drawn From Economic History And Anthropology It Challenges The Popular Notion That Technology Advances By The Efforts Of A Few Heroic Individuals Who Produce A Series Of Revolutionary Inventions Owing Little Or Nothing To The Technological Past Therefore, The Book S Arguement Is Shaped By Analogies Taken Selectively From The Theory Of Organic Evolution, And Not From The Theory And Practice Of Political Revolution.


10 thoughts on “The Evolution of Technology

  1. Richard Reese Richard Reese says:

    Humans are the most sophisticated toolmakers in the family of life We ve gone from stone hammers to hydrogen bombs We ve become so addicted to our technology that we can no longer survive without it If we eliminated electricity, this way of life would disintegrate before our eyes, causing many to perish.Humans no longer sit in the pilot seat of our global civilization The autopilot runs the show Our complex labyrinth of technology herds us through a chute It s no longer possible to make sh Humans are the most sophisticated toolmakers in the family of life We ve gone from stone hammers to hydrogen bombs We ve become so addicted to our technology that we can no longer survive without it If we eliminated electricity, this way of life would disintegrate before our eyes, causing many to perish.Humans no longer sit in the pilot seat of our global civilization The autopilot runs the show Our complex labyrinth of technology herds us through a chute It s no longer possible to make sharp intelligent turns, because the system has immense momentum and no brakes We can t banish cars, plows, or electricity today We re trapped on a runaway train.How and why did we get into this mess That s the subject of George Basalla s book, The Evolution of Techn...


  2. Sara Sara says:

    A bit simplistic Good example of sticking to a thesis Overall a good introductory book.


  3. J. A. J. A. says:

    I taught this book to engineering students doing a history course at the University of Toronto in 1990 and 1991 The analogy of evolution to human activity that is often goal oriented which evolution most assuredly is not is problematic.


  4. Ben Babcock Ben Babcock says:

    History isthan just a series of events happening in sequence So many history books focus on discussing their subject matter as a series of chronological events, however, so books that flout this convention always feel the need to warn us This is what George Basalla does in The Evolution of Technology At the same time as he reassures us that this is an historical account of how technology develops, he dispels any misapprehension that this will be a chronological look at technology from f History isthan just a series of events happening in sequence So many history books focus on discussing their subject matter as a series of chronological events, however, so books that flout this convention always feel the need to warn us This is what George Basalla does in The Evolutio...


  5. Burak Karakuş Burak Karakuş says:

    It is a well written examination of the scientific and technical development history of the human kind Why did inventions occur Why did they occur in specific regions All of the aspects were clearly examined and after each chapter, Basalla states a little summary of that chapter and shows his implications However, there is something itches my mind Basalla didn t even m...


  6. Lucas Lucas says:

    It s interesting that technology is held up as the prime example of intelligent design , but this book shows that technology is poorly understood as a process, and may be best explained in evolutionary terms.


  7. Sherwin Sherwin says:

    This is a briliant survey on the evolution of technological novelties, narrated inside the paradigm of classical Mullerian theories of cultural evolution.