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Social Issues in Technology: A Format for Investigation (4th Edition)

Social Issues in Technology: A Format for Investigation (4th Edition)
Author: Paul A. Alcorn
ISBN 13: 9780130602572
ISBN 10: 130602574
Edition: 4
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2002-01-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $193.00

Finely-focused on the technology-society connection, this unique book presents the methods and theories available for exploring the effects of technology on our lives—past, present, and future.

A three part organization presents chapters under three main headings that look at: The Nature of Technology: Foundations, Methods of Study, and then a Conclusion. Chapter topics include Creativity and Innovation: The Critical Link; Economics and Cultural Impetus; An Idea Whose Time Has Come; The Cause and Effect of Technology and Society; Modeling, Simulations, and Gaming; Systems Behavior: The Universal Laws; Diversity, Randomness, and Systemic Integrity; Catastrophe Theory: The Plague of Technological Complexity; and The Systemic Models.

A primer that gives investigators the necessary intellectual tools to begin their own research into the field.


Alcorn (DeVry Institute of Technology, Decatur, Georgia) updates his textbook again (after only two years) to incorporate recent events and technological developments, and wider considerations<- ->for example the effects of modernization on a traditional Maasai society. He describes technology as the unnatural manipulation of the physical laws of the universe to create artifacts that operate in a completely natural context. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)