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Hardcover | Out of Print | 318 pp. | 6 x 8.9 in | January 1992 | ISBN: 9780262161282
Paperback | $34.00 X | £24.95 | 318 pp. | 6 x 8.9 in | January 1992 | ISBN: 9780262660754
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The Maze of Ingenuity, Second Edition

Ideas and Idealism in the Development of Technology


From cathedrals to star wars, Arnold Pacey looks at the interaction of technologies and society over the last thousand years and uses that survey to argue for a more humane form of future technological development. The second edition of The Maze of Ingenuity concentrates on Europe and North America and incorporates recent insights from the history and sociology of technology. A new series of chapters extends Pacey's discussion of the role of ideas and ideals in technology in the period since the industrial revolution. Arnold Pacey has taught the history of science and technology at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Work on this new edition has been carried on in parallel with tutorial teaching for an Open University course entitled "Technology and Change."

The Cathedral Builders: European Technical Achievement between 1100 and 1280
A Century of Invention: 1250-1350
Mathematics and the Arts: 1450-1600
The Practical Arts and the Scientific Revolution
Social Ideals in Technical Change: German Miners and English Puritans, 1450-1650
The State and Technical Progress: 1660-1770
Technology in the Industrial Revolution
Conflicting Ideals in Engineering: America and Britain, 1790-1870
Institutionalizing Technical Ideals, 1820-1920
Idealistic Trends in Twentieth-Century Technology.

About the Author

Arnold Pacey is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, Britain. He is the author of The Culture of Technology (MIT Press, 1983), Technology and World Civilization (MIT Press, 1991), and The Maze of Ingenuity, second edition (MIT Press, 1992).


“Here is a book that should immediately be put into paperback and placed in the hands of undergraduates everywhere and in all disciplines. Its subject matter ranges from the cathedral builders of the Middle Ages to the prophets of systems analysis in our own century. Yet Dr. Pacey is nowhere superficial (review of first edition)”—Nature