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By Lewis Mumford

Technics and Civilization first provided its compelling historical past of the desktop and important examine of its results on civilization in 1934—before tv, the private laptop, and the web even seemed on our periphery.

Drawing upon paintings, technological know-how, philosophy, and the heritage of tradition, Lewis Mumford defined the starting place of the laptop age and traced its social effects, saying that the advance of recent expertise had its roots within the heart a while instead of the commercial Revolution. Mumford sagely argued that it used to be the ethical, fiscal, and political offerings we made, no longer the machines that we used, that decided our then industrially pushed economic system. equivalent components robust historical past and polemic feedback, Technics and Civilization was the 1st finished test in English to painting the advance of the desktop age over the past thousand years—and to foretell the pull the technological nonetheless holds over us today.

 “The questions posed within the first paragraph of Technics and Civilization still deserve our realization, approximately 3 quarters of a century once they have been written.”—Journal of know-how and Culture

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