Technology, Engineering, and Science

Daniel R. Headrick

in The Oxford Handbook of World History

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235810
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Technology, Engineering, and Science

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This article tell the story of science and technology, of humans' increasing power over nature, the ability to live healthier and more comfortable lives, to travel and communicate faster, and to transform the world. Technology includes the tools, artifacts, skills, and processes that humans have devised to use nature for practical purposes — from the most primitive hand-axe to the Internet. It requires science and often mathematics. Science is not built on logic and mathematics alone, but requires complex and costly instruments like cyclotrons, space probes, and supercomputers. The symbiotic relationships between technology, engineering, and science are the hallmarks of the modern world. However, one risk is humans' ability to kill and destroy with increasing efficiency. There is also the problem of the destruction of the natural environment.

Keywords: technology; Internet; environmental destruction; mathematics; engineering

Article.  7999 words. 

Subjects: History

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