By David Edgerton
From the books of H.G. Wells to the click releases of NASA, we're awash in clichéd claims approximately excessive technology's skill to alter the process historical past. Now, in The surprise of the Old, David Edgerton deals a startling new and clean frame of mind in regards to the background of know-how, notably revising our principles concerning the interplay of know-how and society long ago and within the current. He demanding situations us to view the historical past of expertise by way of what daily humans have truly used-and proceed to use-rather than simply subtle innovations. certainly, many hugely touted applied sciences, from the V-2 rocket to the Concorde jet, were expensive disasters, whereas many mundane discoveries, like corrugated iron, turn into highly vital all over the world. Edgerton reassesses the importance of such acclaimed innovations because the tablet and knowledge expertise, and underscores the ongoing significance of unheralded know-how, debunking many notions concerning the implications of the "information age." A provocative historical past, The surprise of the Old presents a completely new manner of taking a look traditionally on the dating among invention and innovation.