Technology, Humans, and Society - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122210907, 9780080518657

Technology, Humans, and Society

1st Edition

Toward a Sustainable World

Series Editors: Richard Dorf
eBook ISBN: 9780080518657
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122210907
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd January 2001
Page Count: 500
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Table of Contents

  1. Sustainability, Economics and the Environment
  2. Business
  3. Science, Technology and Progress
  4. Sustainable and Appropriate Technologies
  5. Business and Technology Methods
  6. Engineering Design and Innovation
  7. Business and the Corporation
  8. Financial Costs Issues in Sustainable Business and Government
  9. Energy, Environment, Economy and Society
  10. Coal
  11. Petroleum and Natural Gas
  12. Electric Energy
  13. Nuclear Power
  14. Renewable Energy
  15. Wind and Solar Energy
  16. Biomass, Geothermal Energy and Energy Storage
  17. Natural Resources and Waste Systems
  18. Agriculture, Biotechnology and Resources
  19. Materials and Manufacturing
  20. Transportation Systems
  21. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  22. Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Economy
  23. Corporate Performance Indicators
  24. Social Entrepreneurship and Investing
  25. Buildings, the Internet and the Future of a Sustainable World Index


A number of factors, from soaring fuel prices to genetically modified agricultural products, have greatly refocused worldwide attention on the interrelationship between technology and society and the necessity for sustainable engineering and business practices. Technology, Humans, and Society focuses on building a model for business and engineering that will lead to a sustainable world. The challenge for engineering is to develop new technologies that enable economic growth and do not deplete irreplaceable resources and destroy ecological systems.

No longer solely the domain of environmentalists and ecologists, "sustainable" or "green" business practices and engineering designs are becoming a central part of the planning of many of the world's most influential companies, such as Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, Dow, and Agilent. Companies are overwhelmingly not only finding that sustainable business and engineering practices are good for environment, but also improve the image of the company and quite frequently the "bottom-line."

Dorf's 1975 publication, Technology and Society (ISBN: 0878350470), sold over 70,000 copies. The completely new Technology, Humans, and Society is created to meet the swelling demand for unified practices of both business people and technologists in the creation of a "greener" sustainable world.

Key Features

  • Readable discussion of key issues of sustainable engineering and business design and practice
  • Covers how to plan and implement a business practice that leads to an environmental, social and economic balance that results in profitable growth


Engineers and technology and business managers.


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"... My compliments for your work in developing Technology, Humans, and Society. I am excited to know that some of us on the technology side are willing to help bridge the gap between the demands of business/technology and the vital long term issues of social and environmental responsibility. Hopefully, your text will find its way into undergraduate engineering and business curricula... the next generation is our best hope for establishing a balanced and sustainable world." --Ron Mascitelli, President of Technology Perspectives and author of the forthcoming book, Building a Project-Driven Enterprise

"Making all the information of this book available in one place is a significant service. One hopes that the issue of sustainability will be debated widely in the next few years. At the very least, Technology, Humans, and Society will give people the fundamental knowledge and the vocabulary to make that debate meaningful." --Barrett Hazeltine, Lehigh University's Science, Technology & Society Newsletter

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About the Series Editors

Richard Dorf Series Editor

Richard C. Dorf is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Professor of Management at the University of California, Davis. Professor Dorf has extensive experience in education, industry and government. He has served as an advisor to numerous firms, financial institutions and governmental agencies. He is also the author/editor of numerous books including; Modern Control Systems 9th edition, Prentice-Hall; Introduction to Electrical Circuits, 5th edition, Wiley; The Electrical Engineering Handbook, 2nd edition, CRC Press; The Engineering Handbook and The Technology Management Handbook, CRC Press.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, U.S.A.