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5.0 out of 5 stars History
This book is informative, as you would expect, but it is also well written and that makes it easy to read. The author gives an insight into not only the various developments but the circumstances in which they occurred. I would recommend it for anyone interested in socio-economic history.
Published on 16 July 2009 by G. Spark

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2.0 out of 5 stars IMHO
A fairly slender volume that tries to cover the whole history of mankind's application of technology and unsurprisingly doesn't quite make it. An old university textbook (Metals in the Service of Man) gave me more insight through its copious footnotes into the role of ceramics in controlling furnaces and how that drove the technology of smelting and metalwork than this...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History, 16 July 2009
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This review is from: Technology: A World History (New Oxford World History) (Paperback)
This book is informative, as you would expect, but it is also well written and that makes it easy to read. The author gives an insight into not only the various developments but the circumstances in which they occurred. I would recommend it for anyone interested in socio-economic history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars IMHO, 28 July 2012
This review is from: Technology: A World History (New Oxford World History) (Paperback)
A fairly slender volume that tries to cover the whole history of mankind's application of technology and unsurprisingly doesn't quite make it. An old university textbook (Metals in the Service of Man) gave me more insight through its copious footnotes into the role of ceramics in controlling furnaces and how that drove the technology of smelting and metalwork than this book does.
Readers with a passing acquaintance of Irish history might be amazed to learn that Ireland had a potato famine (only the one?) - though what that has to do with technology escapes me. But the author does seem determined to 'prove' what the Americas did for Europe.
Not sure who this book is aimed at: maybe the American coffee-table market. In which case their education system is more dysfunctional than I had hitherto thought.
If this hadn't been a gift, I'd be asking for my money back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great idea, good read, ultimately fails, 16 Dec 2013
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This (intentionally) short book covers a lot of ground. In so doing it presents a time line of the evolution of technology and some interesting ideas suggesting wider consequences, some uncontroversial (farming), others, e.g., how technology enabled political control not so much (did "might is right" really start with technology?)

A book of this length cannot possibly attempt completeness but it was the ideas introduced that caused me most difficulty. That the wheel didn't get taken up as quickly as it might threw away that wheels need roads. People organised to build stuff (e.g., Stonehenge) but roads took a while. Why? And what of roads? What was their function? (ask the Romans... then again read Cities

That underlying challenge became a re-occurring theme for this reader.

In the end I came to the conclusion that the task was impossible. It's a good attempt but not enough.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 11 Feb 2010
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I bought this book as a gift so didn't read it through, just glanced at it before I wrapped it. It seemed remarkably comprehensive, covering a lot of material.
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