Write for five minutes and then compare your responses with your groups' responses:


professorWhat examples does Pursell give us to support his contention that:

"our beliefs about inventions" distort our understanding of technology?


How important is "convergence" in the development and dispersal of new tools?


The engine was being presented as the most telling 'sign' of modern life.



Write up a joint statement by your group -- for or against the above sentiments, that we have distorted views of technology.


Language and innovation go hand in hand.

Progress is largely an illusion.

Inventions and inventors are misunderstood.

Two Cultures: a deep division between the arts and the sciences distorts our view of the industrial revolution.

Pursell, historian of technology; a guide to chapters in White Heat.


Course | laws | periods | story | readings

Pursell | Pacey | Postman | Snow | Kaku

Direction box