Science, Technology and the Human Prospect

Science, Technology and the Human Prospect

Proceedings of the Edison Centennial Symposium

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Editors: Chauncey Starr, Philip C. Ritterbush
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483139517

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Science, Technology and the Human Prospect contains the proceedings of the Edison Centennial Symposium. Organized into three parts, this book begins with the 10 essays commissioned from scholars and persons richly experienced in the management of technology. Part I explores the costs and benefits of technology. Part II addresses the adaption of the institutional frame of technology. The last part discusses the human needs and future of invention.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword—Observing the Centennial of Light

    Introduction—The Growth of Limits

    Part I: Judging the Costs and Benefits of Technology

    1. Phases of Creativity in Science and Technology

    2. Science, Technology, and Economic Growth

    3. Science and Technology in Global Development

    4. Energy and Civilization

    5. The Human Factor

    Part II: Adapting the Institutional Frame of Technology

    6. Two Kinds of Light from Science

    7. Technology and Socioeconomic Innovation

    8. Public Reactions to Science and Technology: the Wizard Faces Social Judgment

    9. Industry and Energy: Moral Dimensions of the Tasks

    10. Science, Technology, and Social Achievement

    Part III: Human Needs and the Future of Invention

    11. Energy

    12. Technological History and Technical Problems

    13. Human Population and Ecology

    14. Medicine and Public Health

    15. Urban Development

    16. Food and Agriculture

    17. Democracy and Technology

    18. Communications


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Product details

  • No. of pages: 242
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483139517

About the Editors

Chauncey Starr

Philip C. Ritterbush

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