Edited By: Rudi Volti
1500 pages, 3 volumes, illus
Explores specific sciences and technologies and focuses on the historical and social dimensions behind each and shows how the dynamics of economics, society, and culture produce scientific and technological advances. Each of the more than 1,300 entries and 200 illustrations connects a scientific or technological subject with its social causes and consequences. Coverage identifies how scientific and technological changes have modified our lives and stresses how outcomes have been both positive and negative.
'Eclectic in its contents, this is the place to turn for basic information about science and society on topics as varied as the chain link fence, the magnetic compass, the Ptolemaic system, spontaneous generation, hovercraft, and mathematical modeling.' Rettig on Reference 'This three-volume work by Volti sets itself apart from other popular science and technology encyclopedias.' Library Journal
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