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Professor: David Mindell
Generals, Spring 2006

1) Alder, Ken, Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815 (Princeton University Press, 1997)

2) Benjamin, Walter, "The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction" (1936)

3) Bjiker, Weibe, Thomas P. Hughes, & Trevor Pinch (eds.), The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (MIT Press, 1987). [Excerpts: Pinch & Bijker; Hughes; Law; Bijker; Cowan; Woolgar; Collins]

4) Crary, Johnathan, Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the 19th Century (MIT Press, 1992)

5) Edwards, Paul N., The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1997).

6) Hecht, Gabrielle, The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (MIT Press, 1998).

7) Hounshell, David A.. "Hughesian History of Technology and Chandlerian Business History: Parallels, Departures, and Critics." History and Technology 12 (1995): 205-224.

8) Hughes, Thomas, Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993).

9) Hughes, Thomas P., American Genesis (1989; U. Chicago Press, 2004).

10) Hutchins, Edwin, Cognition in the Wild (MIT Press, 1995).

11) Latour, Bruno, "Drawing Things Together" in Lynch, Michael & Steve Woolgar (eds.), Representation in Scientific Practice (MIT Press 1990).

12) Latour, Bruno, Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society (Harvard University Press, 1988).

13) Marx, Leo, "Technology: The Emergence of a Hazardous Concept" Social Research 64 3 (Fall 1997): 965.

14) Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America (New York, Oxford University Press, 1964).

15) Mumford, Lewis, Technics and Civilization (New York: Harvest, 1963 [1934]).

16) Noble, David F., Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation (Oxford University Press, 1984).

17) Porter, Ted, Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life (Princeton University Press, 1996)

18) Smith, Merritt Roe (eds.), Military Enterprise and Technological Change: Perspectives on the American Experience (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1985).

19) Staudenmaier, John, Technology's Storytellers: Reweaving the Human Fabric (Cambridge, MA: Society for the History of Technology and MIT Press, 1985).

20) Staudenmaier, John, "Recent Trends in the History of Technology," American Historical Review 95 (June, 1990): 715-726.

21) Staudenmaier, John, "Rationality, Agency, Contingency: Recent Trends in the History of Technology," Reviews in American History 30 (2002), pp. 168-181.

22) Winner, Langdon, "Upon opening the black box and finding it empty: Social constructivism and philosophy of technology," Science, Technology, & Human Values 18 (1993): 362-378

23) Winner, Langdon. The whale and the reactor: a search for limits in an age of high technology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986. [Esp. "Do Artifacts Have Politics?"]

Systems Accidents & Engineering Control

24) Beck, Ulrich, Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (London: Sage, 1992).

25) Beniger, James, The Control Revolution: Technical and Economic Origins of the Information Society (Harvard University Press, 1989).

26) Galison, Peter, "An Accident of History," in Archimedes: Atmosphere Flight in the Twentieth Century by Peter Galison & Alex Roland (eds.) (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000): 3-43.

27) Leveson, Nancy G., Safeware: System, Safety, and Computers (Addison-Wesley Professional, 1995).

28) MacKenzie, Donald, Inventing Accuracy: An Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance (MIT Press, 1990).

29) MacKenzie, Donald, Mechanizing Proof: Computing, Risk, and Trust (MIT Press, 2004).

30) Mindell, David, "Bodies, Ideas, Dynamics," ESD Paper

31) Mindell, David, Digital Apollo [Finished manuscript]

32) Perrow, Charles, Normal Accidents: Living with High-risk Technologies (Princeton University Press, 1999 [1984]).

33) Vaughn, Diane, The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture and Deviance at NASA (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

34) Yates, Joanne, Control Through Communication: The Rise of System in American Management (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993).

Managing and Manufacturing Modernity

35) Berman, Marshall, All That is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity (New York, 1982).

36) Castells, Manuel, The Rise of the Network Society, Vol. I (Blackwell Publishing, 2000).

37) Castells, Manuel, The Power of Identity, Vol. II (Blackwell Publishing, 2004).

38) Chandler, Alfred, The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business (Harvard University Press, 1977).

39) Cronon, William, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (W.W. Norton, 1991)

40) Hounshell, David A., From the American System to Mass Production: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States (Johns Hopkins UP, 1984)

41) Kern, Steven, The Culture of Space and Time 1880-1918 (Cambridge, Mass., 1983).

42) Misa, Thomas, Philip Brey, & Andrew Feenberg (eds.), Modernity and Technology (MIT Press, 2004). [Excerpts: Misa; Brey]

43) Rabinbach, Anson, The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity (University of California Press, 1992)

44) Scranton, Philip, Endless Novelty: Specialty Production and American Industrialization, 1865-1925 (Princeton University Press, 1997).

45) Smith, Merritt Roe, Harpers Ferry Armory and New Technology: The Challenge of Change (Cornell University Press, 1980).

46) Williams, Raymond, Culture & Society: 1780-1950 (Columbia University Press, 1983 [1953]).

Technological Interfaces, or, Technology at the "Capillaries" of Complex Systems

47) Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, Imagining Consumers: Design and Innovation from Wedgwood to Corning (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).

48) Cowan, Ruth Schwartz, More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology From the Open Hearth to the Microwave (Basic Books, 1985).

49) Downey, Greg, Telegraph Messenger Boys: Labor, Communication and Technology, 1850-1950 (Routledge Press, 2002).

50) Kline, Ronald R., Consumers in the Country: Technology and Social Change in Rural America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).

51) Mindell, David A. War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

52) Mindell, David, Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004)

53) Nye, David, American Technological Sublime (MIT Press, 1996).

54) Nye, David, Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940 (MIT Press, 1992)

55) Thompson, Emily, The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933 (MIT Press, 2004)

56) Turkle, Sherry, Life on Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (Simon & Schuster, 1997).

57 Oudshoorn, Nelly & Trevor Pinch, How User Matter: The Co-construction of Users and Technology (MIT Press, 2005).

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