The Maze of Ingenuity: Ideas and Idealism in the Development of Technology

Series: MIT Press
Paperback / softback
From cathedrals to star wars, Arnold Pacey looks at the interaction of technologies and society over the last thousand years and uses that survey to argue for a more humane form of future technological development. The second edition of The Maze of Ingenuity concentrates on Europe and North America and incorporates recent insights from the history and sociology of technology. A new series of chapters extends Pacey's discussion of the role of ideas and ideals in technology in the period since the industrial revolution. Contents The Cathedral Builders: European Technical Achievement between 1100 and 1280 * A Century of Invention: 1250-1350 * Mathematics and the Arts: 1450-1600 * The Practical Arts and the Scientific Revolution * Social Ideals in Technical Change: German Miners and English Puritans, 1450-1650 * The State and Technical Progress: 1660-1770 * Technology in the Industrial Revolution * Conflicting Ideals in Engineering: America and Britain, 1790-1870 * Institutionalizing Technical Ideals, 1820-1920 * Idealistic Trends in Twentieth-Century Technology