The History of Human Factors and Ergonomics (Google eBook)

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CRC Press, Mar 1, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 400 pages
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Human factors/ergonomics (HFE) as a discipline has grown by accretions rather than having been developed systematically and deliberately. Therefore, this book's goal creates a formal conceptual structure for HFE. It is intended as a contribution to cultural history because (a) ours is a technological civilization, and (b) one cannot understand technology outside of the various disciplines that make up that technology. A disciplinary history is highly specialized, but the author maintains that HFE is distinctive in being the only discipline that relates humans to technology. Other behavioral disciplines like anthropology have little connection with technology, and this is what makes HFE important in the present historical era.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction to HFE
1
2 The Conceptual Structure of HFE
33
3 The System as a Fundamental Construct
89
4 The Formal History of HFE
146
5 The Informal History of HFE
183
6 Characteristics of HFE Research
234
7 Special Interests Within HFE
276
8 HFE Practice
322
9 A Commentary on the Big Issues
356
References
362
Author Index
372
Subject Index
376
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