In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the dangers posed by the "military-industrial-university complex." His warning became a rallying cry of liberal dissent and, for some, this partnership became the most ominous aspect of what came to be known as the "establishment." Rescuing Prometheus presents a radically different view of the alliances behind the large-scale technological and scientific undertakings of the post-World War II era. In his analysis of the accomplishments of this coalition, Thomas Hughes shows how aerospace, computing, and communications were revolutionized. He explains how the design and development of four projects in particular led to a new understanding of technology: The SAGE air-defense project fostered the first interactive, digital computer designed for information processing; the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile project inspired a new form of management known as systems engineering; the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project addressed the complex relations between industry, science, and grassroots community interests; and ARPANET, the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency, would not only create the information superhighway but also develop the collegial, meritocratic management style now prevalent in the computer softwa re industry. Rescuing Prometheus is an eye-opening revisionist history of technology in our time.
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Rescuing PrometheusUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In the latter half of the 20th century, we have grown accustomed to "bigger and better." Hughes (history and sociology of science, Univ. of Pennsylvania; American Genesis: A Century of Invention and ... Read full review
Review: Rescuing Prometheus: Four Monumental Projects that Changed Our WorldUser Review - Klenk - Goodreads
didn't finish. I was hoping for more analysis of the projects, but it was much more of a history of the people involved, a who knows who name dropping experience. Read full review