Technology, Humans, and Society

Technology, Humans, and Society

Toward a Sustainable World

1st Edition - January 23, 2001

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  • Editor: Richard Dorf
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080518657

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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.

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 520
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2001
  • Published: January 23, 2001
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080518657

About the Series Editor

Richard Dorf

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.

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

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  • PAVITHRAN K. Wed Sep 14 2022

    A good book

    A good book