Thomas J. MisaJun 6, 2022
Leonardo to the Internet
Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present
Johns Hopkins University Press 2022
“My underlying goal,” writes my guest Tom Misa, “has been to display the variety of technologies, to describe how they changed across time, and to understand how they interacted with diverse societies and cultures. There’s no simple definition of technology that adequately conveys the variety of its forms or sufficiently emphasizes the social and cultural interactions and consequences that I believe are essential to understand. The key point is that technologies are consequential for social and political futures. There is not “one path” forward.”
These words come from the conclusion of Misa’s Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present, now being published in a third edition by Johns Hopkins University Press, as one of the structural pillars of the Johns Hopkins Series in the History of Technology.
Thomas J. Misa recently retired as Professor of the History of Technology at the University of Minnesota, where he directed the Charles Babbage Center (dedicated to the history of computing); taught courses in the Program for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; and was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
For Further Investigation
- Dutch fluit ships, the embodiment of the commercial/capitalist era
- FIAT Lingotto factory on YouTube; key to the fantastic chase scene in original Italian Job movie (1969)
- Reading Questions for every chapter of From Leonardo to the Internet
- More interesting web sites!