Knowing Machines: Essays on Technical Change
Ranging from broad inquiries into the roles of economics and sociology in theexplanation of technological change to an argument for the possibility of "uninventing" nuclearweapons, this selection of Donald MacKenzie's essays provides a solid introduction to the style andthe substance of the sociology of technology.
The essays are tied together bytheir explorations of connections (primarily among technology, society, and knowledge) and by theirgeneral focus on modern "high" technology. They also share an emphasis on the complexity oftechnological formation and fixation and on the role of belief (especially self-validating belief)in technological change.
Two of the articles won major prizes on their originaljournal publication, and all but one date from 1991 or later. A substantial new introductionoutlines the common themes underlying this body of work and places it in the context of recentdebates in technology studies. Two conceptual essays are followed by seven empirical essays focusingon the laser gyroscopes that are central to modern aircraft navigation technology, supercomputers(with a particular emphasis on their use in the design of nuclear weapons), the application ofmathematical proof in the design of computer systems, computer-related accidental deaths, and thenature of the knowledge that is needed to design a nuclear bomb.
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Not really sure I want to read all of this, but I remember reading some of them in school and they were interesting. Uninvention is an interest of mine. Read full review