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 heritage. Now, in The surprise of the Old, David Edgerton bargains a startling new and clean state of mind concerning the background of expertise, significantly revising our rules concerning the interplay of expertise and society some time past and within the current. He demanding situations us to view the background of know-how when it comes to what daily humans have really 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 mess ups, whereas many mundane discoveries, like corrugated iron, turn into highly very important all over the world. Edgerton reassesses the importance of such acclaimed innovations because the capsule and knowledge know-how, and underscores the ongoing value of unheralded know-how, debunking many notions concerning the implications of the "information age." A provocative background, The surprise of the Old offers a completely new manner of having a look traditionally on the dating among invention and innovation.