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Beyond Imported MagicEssays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America

Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America

Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027458
eISBN:
9780262325509
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The essays in this volume study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America. They challenge the view that scientific ideas and technology travel unchanged from the ... More

Beyond the Big DitchPolitics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal

Beyond the Big Ditch: Politics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal

Ashley Carse

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262028110
eISBN:
9780262320467
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028110.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book traces the water that flows into and out from the Panama Canal to explain how global shipping is entangled with Panama’s cultural and physical landscapes. By following container ships as ... More

Beyond VersusThe Struggle to Understand the Interaction of Nature and Nurture

Beyond Versus: The Struggle to Understand the Interaction of Nature and Nurture

James Tabery

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027373
eISBN:
9780262324144
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027373.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

If everyone now agrees that human traits arise not from nature or nurture but from the interaction of nature and nurture, then why does the “nature versus nurture” debate persist? In Beyond Versus, ... More

Communications Under the SeasThe Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications

Communications Under the Seas: The Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications

Bernard Finn and Daqing Yang (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012867
eISBN:
9780262255059
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012867.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

By the end of the twentieth century, fiber-optic technology had made possible a worldwide communications system of breathtaking speed and capacity. This network is the latest evolution of ... More

Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime

Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime

Lino Camprubí

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027175
eISBN:
9780262323222
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027175.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the 20thcentury, science and technology became central to territorial transformation and in turn to state building. This was no less true for the Francoist regime. Engineers were not just working ... More

Eniac in ActionMaking and Remaking the Modern Computer

Eniac in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer

Thomas Haigh, Mark Priestley, and Crispin Rope

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262033985
eISBN:
9780262334426
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262033985.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book explores the conception, design, construction, use, and afterlife of ENIAC, the first general purpose digital electronic computer. ENIAC was created and tested at the University of ... More

Fascist PigsTechnoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism

Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism

Tiago Saraiva

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262035033
eISBN:
9780262335706
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035033.001.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

“Fascist Pigs” investigates the breeding of new animals and plants embodying fascism. It details the role of technoscientific organisms in the national battles for food independence launched by ... More

Fighting TrafficThe Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Peter D. Norton

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262141000
eISBN:
9780262280754
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262141000.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Before the advent of the automobile, users of city streets were diverse and included children at play and pedestrians at large. By 1930, most streets were primarily a motor thoroughfares where ... More

The Genealogy of a GenePatents, HIV/AIDS, and Race

The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS, and Race

Myles W. Jackson

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028660
eISBN:
9780262327190
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028660.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book uses the story of the CCR5 gene to investigate the interrelationships among science, technology, and society. Mapping the varied ‘genealogy’ of CCR5- intellectual property, natural ... More

H.G. Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German DarwinismA Study in Translation and Transformation

H.G. Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German Darwinism: A Study in Translation and Transformation

Sander Gliboff

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262072939
eISBN:
9780262273923
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262072939.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The German translation of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species appeared in 1860, just months after the original, thanks to Heinrich Georg Bronn, a distinguished German paleontologist whose work ... More

Health and Medicine on DisplayInternational Expositions in the United States, 1876-1904

Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in the United States, 1876-1904

Julie K. Brown

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026574
eISBN:
9780262258630
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026574.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

International expositions, with their massive assembling of exhibits and audiences, were the media events of their time. In transmitting a new culture of visibility that merged information, ... More

Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolo Guicciardini

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013178
eISBN:
9780262258869
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013178.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Historians of mathematics have devoted considerable attention to Isaac Newton’s work on algebra, series, fluxions, quadratures, and geometry. This book examines a critical aspect of Newton’s work ... More

Low Power to the PeoplePirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

Christina Dunbar-Hester

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262028127
eISBN:
9780262320498
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028127.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The United States ushered in a new era of small-scale broadcasting in 2000 when it began issuing low-power FM (LPFM) licenses for noncommercial radio stations around the country. Over the next ... More

Men, Machines, and Modern Times

Men, Machines, and Modern Times

Elting E. Morison

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262529310
eISBN:
9780262336581
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262529310.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

People have had trouble adapting to new technology ever since (perhaps) the inventor of the wheel had to explain that a wheelbarrow could carry more than a person. This little book describes how we ... More

Neither Physics nor ChemistryA History of Quantum Chemistry

Neither Physics nor Chemistry: A History of Quantum Chemistry

Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016186
eISBN:
9780262298759
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016186.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Quantum chemistry—a discipline that is not quite physics, not quite chemistry, and not quite applied mathematics—emerged as a field of study in the 1920s. It was referred to by such terms as ... More

A Nuclear Winter's TaleScience and Politics in the 1980s

A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Lawrence Badash

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The nuclear winter phenomenon burst upon the public’s consciousness in 1983. Added to the horror of a nuclear war’s immediate effects was the fear that the smoke from fires ignited by the explosions ... More

Paper MachinesAbout Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929

Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929

Markus Krajewski

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015899
eISBN:
9780262298216
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015899.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Today on almost every desk in every office sits a computer. Eighty years ago, desktops were equipped with a nonelectronic data processing machine: a card file. This book traces the evolution of this ... More

Parasites, Pathogens, and ProgressDiseases and Economic Development

Parasites, Pathogens, and Progress: Diseases and Economic Development

Robert A. McGuire and Philip R.P. Coelho

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015660
eISBN:
9780262298391
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015660.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book integrates biological and economic perspectives into an explanation of the historical development of humanity and the economy, paying particular attention to the American experience, its ... More

Rebel GeniusWarren S. McCulloch's Transdisciplinary Life in Science

Rebel Genius: Warren S. McCulloch's Transdisciplinary Life in Science

Tara H. Abraham

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035095
eISBN:
9780262335386
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035095.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Warren S. McCulloch (1898-1969) has become an icon of the American cybernetics movement and of current work in the cognitive neurosciences. Much of this legacy stems from his classic 1943 work with ... More

The Ringtone DialecticEconomy and Cultural Form

The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form

Sumanth Gopinath

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019156
eISBN:
9780262315081
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

A decade ago, the customizable ringtone was ubiquitous. Almost any crowd of cell phone owners could produce a carillon of tinkly, beeping, synthy, musicalized ringer signals. Ringtones quickly became ... More

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