Whether it is the internet, the printing press, or the telephone, technology has changed the way we live our lives. There are even some technologies that have contributed to the health and well-being of people. However, new technologies can also harm people and groups.
The oldest evidence of a philosophical discussion of technology can be found in the ancient Greeks. Aristotle wrote in Physics II.8, “The use of technology is a remarkably good art, for it not only imitates nature, but also improves human life and welfare”.
In the late nineteenth century, philosophical reflection on technology was dominated by a critical attitude. Representatives of this attitude were schooled in humanities or social sciences, and had little first-hand experience of engineering practice.
The best guide to the topic is a 2006 article by Eric Schatzberg, entitled, “A History of Technology.” The article, published in Technology and Culture magazine, is an essential read for students of technology.
The book, which is based on the article, expands on the author’s research. It is a must-read for students of technology and historiography. It is also a standard work that will be used for years to come.
Schatzberg’s book is an important step forward for the study of technology. His approach is to trace the conceptual history of the term. Throughout his analysis, he demonstrates the differences between the technology, science, and technology of the past and present.
The book is an invaluable contribution to the history of technology teachers and students. It is also a standard work that many students will find useful for years to come.