For The Weekend: A Different History Of Technology

by Don Friedman on October 15, 2016

The interior of the cast-iron storehouse at the Watervliet Arsenal: a structurally-significant historic building that was part of an industrial-design center.


This article on the history of technology is a good read and, in my opinion, almost gets it right. Why “almost”? The word “design” does not appear in it. Most changes in technology are the result of people performing the work, using the skills of, design. That task is the core of engineering and cannot be removed from a history of technology without limiting that history’s scope.

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