By Clifford D. Conner
We know the heritage of technology that we realized from grade tuition textbooks: How Galileo used his telescope to teach that the earth used to be now not the guts of the universe; how Newton divined gravity from the falling apple; how Einstein unlocked the mysteries of time and area with an easy equation. This heritage is made of lengthy sessions of lack of awareness and confusion, punctuated as soon as an age via a super philosopher who places all of it jointly. those few tower over the standard mass of individuals, and within the conventional account, it really is to them that we owe technology in its entirety. This trust is incorrect. A People's historical past of technology exhibits how traditional humans perform growing technological know-how and feature performed so all through heritage. It files how the improvement of technological know-how has affected traditional humans, and the way usual humans perceived that improvement. it'd be fallacious to assert that the formula of quantum thought or the constitution of DNA should be credited on to artisans or peasants, but when smooth technological know-how is likened to a skyscraper, then these twentieth-century triumphs are the delicate filigrees at its top which are supported via the large starting place created via the remainder of us.
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A People's History of Science: Miners, Midwives, and Low Mechanicks by Clifford D. Conner